Safety tips when drinking

Headed out for a night on the town? Reduce the chances that something will ruin your party by following these 7 quick safety tips.

1. Don’t walk alone

Have a friend by your side when you are out partying. It’s great to have friends watch out for each other at a bar or club, walking between destinations, or on MUNI.

2. Check with a friend

Hooking up? Have your friend check their gut feelings about  someone you might be thinking about hooking up with. Let your friend know where you are going if you leave with someone.

3. Control your glass

Don’t let strangers pour or deliver your drinks. Don’t leave your drink unattended. Sadly, there are a lot of creeps out there.

4. Plan your transportation

Avoid driving. It’s a good idea to have a travel buddy for walking or taking the bus. Use your ride sharing app or get a cab. Sleep on your friend’s couch or floor.

5. Carry condoms

Be prepared and have them with you.

6. Avoid mixing alcohol and other drugs

If you are drinking, avoid downers, benzos and opiates. These with booze can cause respiratory suppression, overdose or accidental death.

GHB and alcohol do not mix! Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a powerful, rapidly-acting central nervous system depressant. When taken as a recreational intoxicant, it can be dangerous when the dose is too high or it is combined with alcohol or some other drugs. When mixed with alcohol, the depressant effects of GHB are enhanced. This can lead to respiratory depression, unconsciousness, coma, and overdose.

7. Avoid over-the-counter medicines

Aspirin, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and over-the-counter cold/flu medicines can cause liver and kidney damage when combined with alcohol.