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Re: We like to party

What are some important things to remember when attending a party/night out/festival? Do you have any go-to safety tips?

Don't drink too much (and try and space out your drinks with water in between), keep your phone on you so you can call someone if things get out of hand, and if you don't want to do something then say no and try and get yourself away from the person pressuring you ASAP. Also try not to stray to far away from people by yourself so that you don't get into trouble.
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@mischiefmanaged wrote:
Having a plan for getting home at the beginning of the night and making sure you keep enough money for a taxi!

This! So many times I have been left trying to scrounge coins from people to get enough for a train ticket/taxi home!

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Good ideas guys! Another thing is knowing what you're dea...

Good ideas guys! Another thing is knowing what you're dealing with:

 

Where can you get reliable info on drugs & alcohol from? Why is having reliable information about alcohol & other drugs important?

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Where can you get reliable info on drugs & alcohol from? Why is having reliable information about alcohol & other drugs important?

My school provided info on alcohol and drugs to senior students when I was at school, so maybe there? I also believe that RO has some good info on this topic Smiley Tongue. Government websites (such as http://www.thecoolspot.gov/) are also good. I think magazines like Dolly and Girlfriend also occasionally have info on this topic?

 

Oops, forgot to answer the second part of the question! Having reliable info on alcohol and drugs is important so that you understand the effect of alcohol and drugs on your body and behaviour and know how to stay safe. Smiley Happy

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@gail wrote:

Good ideas guys! Another thing is knowing what you're dealing with:

 

Where can you get reliable info on drugs & alcohol from? Why is having reliable information about alcohol & other drugs important?


Well, search the web for reliable info, ReachOut.com has some but it's in great need of an update which we'll be doing in the coming months... There is some here: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/topics/safe-celebrations http://www.youthsafe.org/current-projects/safe-celebrating.html but Australia is in great need of some party-positive youth driven info!!!!!

 

 

Online Community Manager

ReachOut.com

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@gail wrote:

Where can you get reliable info on drugs & alcohol from? Why is having reliable information about alcohol & other drugs important?


 

ReachOut is always a great resource, but there are also some other great resources... Defintiely agree with Soph that we need more.

 

Here are some good ones though:

 

http://www.drugs.health.gov.au

http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au

http://www.adin.com.au

http://www.saveamate.org.au

http://www.alcohol.gov.au

http://www.hellosundaymorning.com.au

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Awesome guys!   There's also www.druginfo.adf.org.au - wh...

Awesome guys!

 

There's also www.druginfo.adf.org.au - which has good info on what different drugs are & what they do, as well as the things that could go wrong when using them.

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Time to wrap up for tonight guys! Thanks for an awesome discussion!

We started off the night with asking what makes a good night out for you.
- good music
- good food
- good company
- dressing up (!)
- not necessarily alcohol, though it can be part of a good night too!

We then asked if you celebrate the end of year especially end of year 12.
- There were mixed responses, some do and some don't… But we recognised that there are other options.
- For some of us the end of year 12 was the first time we started drinking, so it was a bit overwhelming at times!

What makes a great night turn sour? How can we avoid this?
- Having to look after drunk friends - especially if this happens frequently
- drama/fighting
- being pushed into something you don't want to do
- We need to be aware of our limits, responsibilities and the wishes of our friends, to avoid these things from happening!

We then discussed whether we've had to help a friend our after a night out and how did we help them?
- Alcohol seems to be a big culprit in this. So it's important that we keep communication open.
- Things we've done have involved holding hair back while friends vomited, even having to call ambulances!
- Trying to be a voice of reason can help diffuse situations.
- Making sure our friends drink plenty of water throughout the night is also important!
- Also remember that we have probably been on both ends of the situation too.. our friends have had to look after us too, so don't be too tough on your friends!

We also discussed what to do when a party gets out of hand…
- It can be tough but sometimes we DO need to call the police/ambulance if we are at a house party.
- We can talk to bar staff/bouncers if we are concerned.
- Our safety is number 1!

We also discussed "go-to-tips" for partying…
- having a safe meeting place with friends.
- alternating alcoholic drinks with water
- having a plan on how to get home and a general plan of the whole night
- having enough money for a train/taxi trip home.

Finally we discussed reliable sources for information on drugs and alcohol.
- ReachOut.com is a great place to start and so is google.
- There are a fair few good websites out there including:
http://www.thecoolspot.gov/
http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/topics/safe-celebrations http://www.youthsafe.org/current-projects/safe-celebrating.html
http://www.drugs.health.gov.au
http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au
http://www.adin.com.au
http://www.saveamate.org.au
http://www.alcohol.gov.au
http://www.hellosundaymorning.com.au


Thanks for joining in tonight, guys!! Smiley Happy

 

See you next week. Smiley Happy

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Thanks for the summary MM! And thanks to everyone who participated tonight! I think this is a super important topic - we all want to go out and have fun with friends, so it's good to have some ideas of how to do that safely. With some basic foundations, it's pretty simple, too: be open with friends and look out for each other, don't drink more than you can handle, and know what to do if things get out of control. Have fun!

 

Catch you guys next week Smiley Happy

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Thanks for the summary MM, it was a really interesting discussion tonight. Good night all! See you all next week. And thanks to gail, MM and Sophie for facilitating Smiley Happy