Just a Friendly Reminder on How to YOLO Safely and Responsibly

We all know that in college, Thursday is the new Friday, and for those of you who aren’t in school anymore, don’t worry — Friday is less than 24 hours away! At whatever life stage you may be in, your weekend activities may include a wee bit of drinking. Here at CollegeCandy, we are always giving you articles about the latest drinking games or what drink is better for the amount of calories you will be consuming, but we decided to change it up a little today.

As much fun as it is to play beer pong or beer checkers or watch your friends make fools of themselves, it’s an entirely different matter if you end up in the hospital or, God forbid, find yourself in any sort of harmful situation! So, I have decided to come up with a few tips to ensure that you have a fun night out after a long week working. I can’t ensure that it won’t be a night completely free of regrets, but I can ensure that at least it will be a night of regrets you can laugh at ten years from now…or maybe twenty. Some of the tips may be pretty obvious, but it’s always nice to hear them one more time before you start your amazing weekend!

Tip #1: Try to go out with at least one other friend who’ll be there for you the entire night! I am always hearing from my friends how their friend left them alone at the party etc.! You don’t want that. You want someone you can count on if worse comes to worst! If you do decide to venture out by yourself (which I don’t recommend- buddy system all the way), make sure at least one of your good friends knows the approximate locations of where you’ll be going tonight!

Tip#2: Make sure your cell phone is completely charged! You never know when you may need it and for some reason my battery always is low when I need it the most…

Tip#3: This is pretty obvious, but similar to the airport announcements we hear, never leave your baggage drink unattended. You never know what someone may put in it! When in doubt, get another drink. Also, if you are planning a hardcore night on the town, it’s probably best not to try any “new” drinks, because you never know how a new drink may react with your body!

Tip#4: Okay, this should probably be #1 but, here is it: KNOW YOUR LIMITS!!!!!! Please, my lovely ladies, do not end up passed out somewhere! Blacking out can be the WORST thing in the world, not to mention the mortal hangover you will feel in the morning (aka your guts feel like they are about to come out of your body). Also, I would hate to know that my best friend was taken advantage of, or something else horrible happened to her while she was passed out in a random place. A good rule of thumb is not to have more than one drink an hour, and if you are worried about moderation, just bring enough cash for a certain amount of drinks which will force you to stop once the cash is gone!

Tip#5: Eat, eat, eat! This is a big one because I see people NOT doing it all the time! Yes, I realize it will take more alcohol and longer to get a buzz but that shouldn’t be your only goal of the night! It’s actually really good to eat high protein foods such as cheese and peanuts because they slow the absorption of alcohol into your system, and hey, if you want to stay out all night, by eating, you can pace yourself better! Oh, and just a reminder, eating after you are drunk won’t do you any good.

Tip#6: Drink water, water, and more water! Alcohol is a diuretic so a lot of fluid will leave your body. Drinking water will help you keep hydrated, and even lessen the effects of a hangover in the morning! Also, alternating between alcohol drinks and non-alcohol drinks will help you slow down how much alcohol you drink while still having some sort of glass in your hand 🙂

Tip #7: If you tend to get intoxicated easily, don’t do shots! stick to beer or wine. Jello shots can be the worst if you get drunk easily and can cause really nasty turns of vomiting. Beer pong is also another thing to avoid if you get drunk too fast because people tend to drink quickly in the game. Also, diet soda causes the alcohol to be absorbed faster than regular soda, so stick with the regular soda for the night (calories probably shouldn’t be an issue at this point).

Tip#8: Have a designated driver if you’re driving places! PLEASE DON’T DRIVE EVEN AFTER ONE DRINK! Whether you are driving or not driving, have a taxicab service number put into your contacts in an easily accessible location even your drunk self could access!

Tip#9: Don’t leave with strange people after you have been drinking. This can only lead to a future horror movie…

Tip#10: If you see one of your friends/anyone unconscious at the place where you have been drinking, call 911 because they may have alcohol poisoning! Signs of alcohol poisoning include the following:

-You can’t wake them up

-Really slow, shallow breathing (13 or fewer breaths per minute or more than 8 seconds between breaths)

-Cold, frigid, pale or blue skin

-Repeated vomiting/nausea

-After calling 911, place the person on their side to keep them from choking on their vomit and don’t leave them alone!

Tip #11: Know some basic self-defense moves. I found this video, and what I liked about it was that it didn’t involved any complex moves that would make me doubt if I could actually do them! The best part is even if you forget the moves, just remember the “soft spots” that are talked about and it will still help you if you are ever in danger!

Okay, there you have it folks! I think I covered most of the basics but feel free to add more of your own in the comments! You can never be too prepared when it comes to keeping yourself safe! Have a fantastic weekend 🙂

[Lead image via Yuri Arcurs/Shutterstock]

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