Here are some tips to keep you safe when you start going to parties:
- Hang out with people who share your interests.
- Be prepared to say ‘no’. It feels good to stick to your guns.
- Don’t judge others; you don’t have to agree with what others choose to do.
- Organise activities that interest you and don’t involve alcohol.
- Have a safe plan for getting home before you go out. That could be a designated driver, a taxi, or being picked up by your parents.
- If you choose to drink alcohol, only have low-alcohol drinks spaced with water or soft drink.
- Avoid getting in rounds or shouting. You may end up drinking too fast.
- Don’t let people top-up your glass. You won’t be able to monitor how many standard drinks you’re having if people keep adding to the glass (Click here to read more about the size of a standard drink
Information in this section has been drawn from the following sources:
- Australian Drug Foundation, 2013,The Other Talk, ADF Melbourne. Available from: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/attachments/1511_TOTbooklet_FINAL.pdf
- Australian Drug Foundation, 2013, Fact Sheet: Safe partying for all ages [Internet]. ADF, Melbourne. Available from: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/attachments/203_ADF_FactSheet_SafeParty140513.pdf
- Department of Health. 2015 National Drugs Campaign: Youth, Australian Government, Department of Health, Canberra. Available from: http://www.drugs.health.gov.au/internet/drugs/publishing.nsf/content/parents