Your Guide to Partying Properly
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Prepare yourself …
Eating certainly isn’t cheating, line your stomach by having a bite to eat before you head out. Don’t cut the party short, party right this summer.
Before you head out, think about how you’ll get home.
Make sure you’ve got your money, keys and phone, as well as some taxi numbers saved just in case you have to make a quick getaway.
Make sure you have good people around you and decide on a meet up point just in case you lose each other.
If someone disappears, don’t presume they’ve bailed, find out for sure before you leave.
Keep it low and take it slow. Try a small amount and then go slow until you know the deal.
Even alcohol can take a while to have an effect, so make sure you pace yourself properly or it won’t just be your dignity at stake.
Mixing is a risky business
Stay in control and remember that mixing drugs with drink or other drugs can create different and increased risks for you.
If you want a high, pick one and leave it at that.
Sip water throughout the night and take regular breaks from the dance floor.
Check in with your friends if you’re feeling rough, you wouldn’t want to waste your night cradling a toilet bowl.
If you see someone in trouble, get medical help as fast as you can, but make sure someone else stays with them until help arrives.
Medics aren’t there to judge. If you know which drug’s been taken and how much, just tell them so they know how to help.
Know the warning signs
Throwing up: As gross as it may be, if your friend’s chucking up, give them some water to sip slowly but avoid food. If they want to sleep, lay them on their side and stay close by.
Paranoia: If they’re freaking out, find them somewhere quiet and safe to sit. Let them know that the feeling will pass but bare with them – it might take a while for them to calm down.
Chest Pain: Get a medic and whilst you are waiting, sit them down and try and comfort them.
Fits: Get a medic straight away and clear the area around them so they won’t hurt themselves.
Overheating: Stimulants raise your body temperature, so if you or a friend start overheating, find somewhere safe to sit and ditch the extra layers. Wet some clothing with lukewarm water to cool the forehead and grab some more to sip slowly.