Safe Partying

Parties are an important way for people to socialise, celebrate and have fun. Whether you are hosting or attending a party it is important to be safe. No one wants their party ruined by drunken behaviour, property being damaged, or someone being injured. 

 

Tips for Party-goers

 

Getting to and from the party safely

 

  • Work out how you're getting home - organise transport ahead of time, like booking a taxi or nominating a designated driver;
  • If  you are planning on drinking...don’t drive. Organise a lift with a person who is not going to be drinking;
  • Don’t drive when tired. If you are tired or have to travel long distances consider organising to stay overnight;
  • Arrange a place to meet up in case you or your friends get separated;
  • Work out how much you're going to spend for the night and make sure you've got enough to afford to get yourself home if you need it;
  • Ensure that your family knows where you are going and how to contact you in an emergency.

 

Look out for one another

  • Party with trusted friends;
  • Respect people's decisions not to drink and do not encourage risky drinking behaviours. Drinking in rounds, drinking competitions or games can encourage people to drink more alcohol than is safe.
  • If a friend has had too much to drink, encourage them to stop drinking alcohol and switch to non-alcohol alternatives. Make sure they are OK and if they are vomiting don’t leave them alone. If you think medical assistance is needed, do not hesitate to seek assistance.
  • If a person has been drinking or is tired do not let them drive home;
  • As the night goes on things might get a little confusing. Situations and plans can change - it's good to make sure everyone knows what's happening.

 

Drinking Less

  • Have a 'spacer' every couple of drinks. Start with a non-alcoholic drink to quench your thirst before you start drinking alcohol and have a non-alcoholic drink every second or third drink;
  • Pace yourself. Take sips, not gulps and drink at your own pace not someone else’s. This means trying to avoid drinking in rounds where you are trying to keep up with the fastest drinker. If you are in a round, drink a low or nonalcohol drink;
  • Use a smaller glasses or cups;
  • Don’t let people top up your drink. Always finish your drink before getting a new one, this helps you keep track of how much alcohol you have consumed;
  • Avoid drinking high-alcohol content drinks–try the low alcohol alternative. If mixing your own drinks, use less alcohol than normal;
  • Eat before and while you are drinking. Eating slows your drinking pace and fills you up. If you have a full stomach, alcohol will be absorbed more slowly. But avoid the salty snacks as they make you thirsty, so you drink more;
  • Don’t just sit and drink—stay busy. Play pool, dance, or talk to friends. If you have something to do, you tend to drink less;
  • Don’t be pressured into drinking more than you want or intend to. It’s OK to say no.

 

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Sobering Up

The only way to sober up is to give your body time to process the alcohol you've consumed. It takes a healthy liver approximately one hour to process three-quarters of a standard drink. This can vary according to your size, gender and general health.

This means:

  • If you drink 10 bottles of beer it will take at least 10 hours for the alcohol to leave your system
  • If you drink 2 glasses of wine (200ml) it will be at least 2 hours before the alcohol leaves your system

Despite anything you may have heard before, the following activities have no effect in reducing the level of alcohol in a person's body:

  • Drinking coffee
  • Exercise
  • Taking a shower
  • Going for a swim
  • Sleeping

In fact, your blood alcohol level can continue to rise 3 hours after your last drink. Your body simply needs time to recover.

 

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