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It’s the last day of the year, and we’re sure pretty much everyone is heading out to a party. (If not, WHY?!) And while the end-of-the-year revelries are all about fun and celebration, it’s important to remember that not every person and situation you’re likely to encounter is going to be pleasant. And your safety is something you should always prioritize. Take these quick and useful precautions so that you don’t have to worry about anything while you party your heart out! Here are some rules for every woman to party safe and sound.
Make sure you know the quality and quantity of alcohol that is going into your drinks so you don’t get uncontrollably drunk or sick. Also, at a house party, try and make your own drink - while out in the world, where you’re paying for your drinks, people are going to pour standard measures into your glass, your friendly host is likely to be very generous and pour you only Patiala pegs!
Please be careful. You don’t want to be roofied by someone who thinks you need to “chill out” more. It happens more often than you’d like to imagine.
Carry pepper spray (preferably a small and discreet can that is attached to your keychain). Or a variant of a Swiss Army Knife. With alcohol in everyone’s system, things often do get pretty ugly.
Do NOT drink and drive. If you need to take a cab, then book it before it gets too late and you are left with no way back! And if you’re being given a ride by a friend, make sure that you’re not relying on someone who has had too much to drink.
Use a trustworthy cab service. Ideally a local/ neighbourhood one whose drivers you know personally and have used before.
Like they say, beer after whisky is risky. As is clubbing any two varieties of alcohol together. You want to party, not puke, right?
You should have one of the safety apps downloaded on your phone, wherein you can send distress messages to your family if you’re in trouble. (Click here for more information.)
Let at least one person at home know where you are going. We all tell little lies in order to dodge family interference in plans, but it is far more prudent to just be honest or find a confidant in a sibling or a cousin or a close friend.
Happy New Year, everyone!