In this modern day, it is just as important, to think about your safety, as it is to have fun.
When you go out to the bar whether alone or with friends there are several safety tips and precautions that will help you to have a safe, fun night. Follow these easy tips and you will have a great night!
We don’t recommend that you go to the bar alone unless you are a regular at that bar. You should know all the employees and the majority of people who frequent the place if you decide to go alone. If you go somewhere you’ve never been to before, go with a group of friends. While at the bar, stick together and keep an eye on each other. Not only will it ensure you will be safe, you will have a great time too!
Always be aware of what is going on around you. You should know where the exits are, especially the fire exits! You don’t have to be paranoid, just be aware. Stir clear of the people causing drama and pay attention to everything going on inside. If something is making you uncomfortable, trust your gut and do what is best for you and your safety.
Be sure to keep your friends numbers on hand, just in case you get separated. For most of us this is easy, since we have smart phones these days. However, if you are going out with new friends, try to exchange numbers before you get to the bar. You will be glad you did!
I’m not saying you should be Secret FBI agents or anything like that. However, you should create a code word that means I have had enough to drink or it could also mean this person is bothering me/making me feel uncomfortable. A code word is a safe way to say, you need help without giving off any bad vibes or stirring up more trouble.
Take your drink with you wherever you go! Be sure to take it into the bathroom if you don’t have anyone to watch it for you that you trust. The number one way to an unsafe night is having something slipped into your drink. You cannot have the mentality that it won't happen to you. You have to guard your drink with your life. Likewise, if you think someone has tampered your drink, don’t drink it. Ask the bartender for a new drink.
Nobody likes to be told how much to drink, but the best way to have a safe night is by not drinking too much. We become less aware of our surroundings with each drink we consume. So drink less and track how much you drink.. In between drinks, ask for a water or orange juice. I say orange juice because it will help replenish the vitamins in your body. It will also help you save you from a hangover the next day. Taking care of yourself by being aware of your drink count will help to keep you safe.
Whenever you go to the bar, you should plan on who will be the designated driver or if you will use a taxi or Uber. Don’t drink and drive. Period. That is the best advice anyone can give you. Also, be sure that your designated driver is not getting intoxicated. If your driver does become intoxicated, use a backup plan like a Lyft.
Be prepared for any situation. You safety should always come first. There is nothing wrong about going out and having a fun night. Just be safe while you are out.
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Every group of bar goers has (or should have) a Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers, or DD. But if it’s your turn to get behind the wheel, the notion of hitting up a bar is probably driving you mad. After all, you’re the one who will have to sit and watch as all your friends party hard, crack lame jokes, flirt with the bartender and drink the night away, all the while blissfully unaware of the fact you’re, well, totally sober.