Party Safe for Guests

Attending a party? The advice on this page can help you stay "Party Safe".

Have you been "personally" invited to the party?

Do not assume that just because you are a 'friend of a friend', that you will be welcome at a party. Contact the event organiser BEFORE THE PARTY if you have any doubt about your invitation. Otherwise you may be in for disapointment, even if the fault is not yours. For example; if you lost your official invitation, or a friend invites you to another friend's party and you want to check that it's okay to attend.

Have you spoken with friends and made plans for the party such as;

  • Staying together and looking out for one another
  • If you'll be drinking alcohol - how much will you drink
  • How you can help each stay out of trouble
  • How you are getting to the party and back home; and
  • How long you will stay at the party

Agree with your friends to;

  • Inform each other if you don't feel safe at the party and promptly leave
  • NOT get into a car with a driver who has been drinking; and
  • NOT walk home alone.

Decide upon a backup plan;

  • Ensure you have the phone number of someone who can pick you up.
  • Ensure you have emergency contacts for your friends if they get hurt or sick.
  • Consider allocating money for a taxi.

Have you spoken with your parents or guardian about the party?

It is important that a responsible adult know where you will be and what time to expect you home. They may be of valuable assistance in the event that you cannot get transport home or if you become missing.

Do you know how to avoid becoming drunk? For example;

  • Eat before you start drinking, and graze on food during the night
  • Drink water, soft drinks or low-alcohol drinks
  • Serve your own drinks "in a glass" to ensure you get what you want. Avoid "shouts" and drinking games, they can easily get out of control.
  • Always hold on to your glass to make sure no one adds anything
  • Keep a watch on how much you're drinking, know your limits, and pace yourself
  • Enjoy the music and the company, do other things than just drinking - a good party will have other things to do besides drinking.
  • Learn how to have a good time without drinking, or at least without drinking too much.

What to do if a friend is getting overly intoxicated;

  • Attempt to take action before the person gets drunk!
  • Get them to slow their drinking down and offer them non-alcoholic beverages; and
  • If they are already drunk, get them to sit down so they don't hurt themselves (or others). Prevent them from drinking any more alcohol. Keep a watch on them and get them safely home. Do call their parents if necessary.

Additional Strategies

  • Eat before you start consuming alcohol & keep snacking whilst you're drinking. Bringing snacks (the healthier the better) to share with others is also helpful. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can have unpredictable side effects.
  • Do pace yourself. Switch between non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages and limit yourself to a certain amount of drinks. For example; 1 drink per hour.
  • Don't combine alcohol & other drugs. It can cause dangerous and unexpected effects.
  • Plan your exit strategy. Know how, when & with whom you will leave. Bring money for a taxi.
  • Don't encourage anyone to drink. Offering "shouts" or having drinking games is a quick way to become uncontrollably drunk.
  • Make your own drink & keep it in view. Otherwise it may be tampered with. Date rape drugs are very real and can lead to sexual assault.
  • Stick to your limit & look out for each other. Check on your friends throughout the night. This can decrease risk of DUI, injury, assault, & rape.
  • When the party is over, leave gracefully and with quiet consideration for neighbours as you go home.
  • Notice and react to changes in the party environment. If there are signs that the party is getting out of control, i.e. majority are drunk, verbal or physical or sexual aggression or harassment going on, overcrowding and spilling outside the residence, lot's of unknown guests, it is time to leave. It may be appropriate to call and notify police before serious harm occurs.

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References:
Party Safe Guide - WA Police www.nhw.wa.gov.au