You may think that those who take safety precautions when they're out clubbing are lame or uncool, but clubbing just isn't the same as it used to be, and it's always better to be safe than sorry! With all the drugs today, it is easy to get spiked and taken advantage of.
Remember there is safety in numbers. Always go out with a group of friends, especially if you are female. Make sure to regularly check in with your friends to ensure they are okay. Try to organise a meeting point at the end of the night and never ever leave alone!
Always watch your drinks. Even if you look away for a few minutes, this gives someone ample time to drop something in your drink. Try to drink out of a bottle or always hold your drink in front of you. If you start to feel weird and abnormal, get someone to take you home or to the hospital immediately.
Drink water too! Drinking water is important, especially if you have been drinking alcohol the whole night. Try to drink a glass of water in between each glass of alcohol you drink.
Pack light. Leave your valuables and important items at home. It is best to just pack your cell phone, ID, debit card and cash—but not a large amount of cash.
Know how you’re getting home. Don't wait until the last minute to find out how you are getting home. Have a taxi number ready, or make sure you have a sober ride home. Never accept rides from strangers!
All said, do not be afraid to go clubbing! Some organizations will have you believe that clubbing is unsafe, but it only is if you’re unprepared. By following the simple steps outlined above and employing a little common sense you’ll have a blast, meet tons of great people looking to have fun and, of course, have the opportunity to listen to great dance music.
NICRO is a non-profit organization that is committed to turning lives around. if you feel a friend or a loved one is abusing alcohol, clubbing constantly or delving in dangerous activities (like drugs), don't hesitate to contact NICRO right away!