Tip of the Week: PLAN TO PARTY SAFE (Part 2)

This post is a continuation from my last safety tip of the week, PLAN TO PARTY SAFE (Part 1).  When going out to a party, club or bar, be sure you make a plan before you leave home.  If your plan changes, have a back up plan in mind.

PLAN A:  Know how much you’re going to drink before going out.  If you are going through your drinks faster than you anticipated, try PLAN B: Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks.  No one needs to know your second and fourth vodka and tonics are only tonics.  Or that you filled up your beer bottle with water.

PLAN A:  Drink only from bottles or cans you have opened or have watched the bartender pour.  Don’t accept drinks that are in punch bowls or other open containers.  Never accept drinks from strangers or people you don’t absolutely trust with your life.  If you didn’t see what went into your glass, assume anything can be in it.  Your nonalcoholic drink could be spiked with alcohol.  Your alcoholic drink could be laced with drugs.  And consider this, even if it isn’t drugged, the guy buying you a drink may think you now owe him something in return.

PLAN B: Get help immediately from someone you trust with your life if…

  • Your drink tastes bitter, is unusually salty, has a strange color, odor or has foam or residue on the surface.  Makers of Rohypnol (“roofies”) changed the formula so when dissolved in liquid, the pill produces a blueish-green dye.  Clear drinks turn blue, beer turns green and dark drinks turn murky. BE AWARE however, that many date rape drugs are colorless, odorless, tasteless and can dissolve quickly in liquid.
  • You begin to feel usually drunk for the amount of alcohol you’ve consumed
  • You feel dizzy, nauseous, drowsy, “out of it,” or hallucinate
  • Your girlfriend acts in the above manner.  (Remember you’ve already made a buddy plan to watch out for each other!)

You or she may have been drugged and may only be alert for a moment longer.

PLAN A: Don’t leave your drink unattended.  If you leave to go to the restroom, the dance floor or to make a phone call, then (PLAN B) throw out that drink when you return.  You can always buy yourself another one.

Party Smart and Stay Safe!

~KM Fawcett

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10 responses to “Tip of the Week: PLAN TO PARTY SAFE (Part 2)

  1. Thank you for this most important post!
    People never believe such atrocities will happen to them, or one they love. But they do. A fifteen year old girl, who I love dearly, was raped after a stranger drugged her soda. Take heed ladies and gentlemen, terrible events happen to wonderful children and adults.

  2. Thanks for this post, Kim. I learned the other day of yet another young woman who recently ended up in the hospital after someone at a bar spiked her drink with drugs. Fortunately she had the presence of mind to call a good friend as soon as she began to feel poorly. They didn’t know until the wee hours, after blood tests, that she’d been drugged.

  3. Katie, thank God she did. Beyond even the horror of being raped, some of these drugs can cause respiratory depression, aspiration and even death.

    Vikki, what a terrible thing to happen! Sadly, they’re not even safe if they aren’t among strangers. 75% of the time, girls are raped by someone they know.

  4. Vikki and Katharine – Thank you for sharing your harrowing stories. It’s so important for people to hear them and know that it can happen to anyone and they can be the next victim.

    Melinda – good points!

    Kathy

  5. Great post. I’ve been talking to my boys about this recently, while they’re at an age where they’ll still listen. 😉 More specifically having a plan and a backup, because once you’re drunk, you quit making good decisions. In my experience, though, when I thought it out ahead of time, I was likely to stick to my plan.

  6. Also, it’s not just women that need to pay attention, make a plan, and party safe. Many guys think that it’s only women get victimized in this manner. But, guys can fall prey to this as well with just as dire consequences.

    Gwen I applaud you for talking to your kids and instilling this in them at a young age.

    Kathrine and Vikki, I’m so sorry to hear theses stories, but thankful that you shared them. People really do need to hear these stories.

    • Rayna – this is so true. Anyone can be a victim. And it may not be from a sexual predator. Someone can slip a drug into your drink and steal your wallet or valuables when your “out of it.”

      Kathy

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this important information! I love your blog! Great job.

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