How To Safely Survive Your Next Holiday Party

By: MrMerokee
You should be concerned about your personal safety at your holiday parties. I am going to discuss this topic in a frank matter[not sugar coated]. In doing so, I am making some general assumptions about the behavior of many holiday party goers in today's society.

It is common nowadays to attend more than one holiday party in the months of November and December. With that said, whatever type of party you attend; remember that drugs and alcohol DO NOT mix. Their use can have an effect on your ability to make decisions. It is important that you manage how much consume.

1. Always get your own drink. If possible, watch it as it is poured.

2. Never leave your drink unattended.

3. Don't share, drink or taste anyone else's drink.

4. Dispose of your beverage if you think it tastes odd. If this is the case, be sure not to leave it around for someone else to drink.

5. You may not realize that anything was added to your drink. Drugs used to spike drinks can be colorless and tasteless.

6. Be aware of the behavior of your friends. Is the way they are behaving out of character? Do they seem too - out of it - for the quantity or type of beverage they had to drink?

7. Watch out for your friends. It is the responsible thing to do. Are they drinking or taking too much. Are they making safe decisions? Are they OK?

8. If it appears your friend needs to sober up or straighten out, be sure to check to see if they are OK. Are they alone? Who is with them? Are they safe from harm?

9. Encourage people who appear drunk to drink water or to eat something. If you can, keep an eye on them.

10. Ask yourself, do you really trust those you are going home with? Are you sure that they won't make you do anything you do not want to do? Will they take NO for an answer?

11. If you are going home with someone different, let someone else know. Introduce this person or persons to your friends.

If You Are The One Throwing The Party

1. Know who you have invited to the party. Plan ahead what you will do if there are any gatecrashers.

2. Provide food and non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soft drinks or juice, as alternate beverages

3. Keep a look out for your guests. Make sure they are safely having a good time.

4. Offer to organize taxis for your guests. Also, make note of which taxi company you called.

5. Create a safe atmosphere. If you know that, someone is harassing or intimidating someone else, do something about it. For example, you can let that person know you are watching; ask the person to stop; ask the person to leave; find the victimized person a safe place; do not be afraid to call the police.

Stay safe yourself and ask for help if you need it.
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