College is a great place to make new friends and have fun. You spend long periods of time stuck in the library with your head in a book, so it’s only fair that you reward yourself with a party or two.
You’ve probably heard about the party mentality at college, and might feel a little worried. While it’s perfectly easy to enjoy the college party experience (or avoid it completely, if you’d rather) there are some things you should avoid at all costs. Here they are.
People lose their inhibitions when they drink. This means that some people at college parties might attempt dangerous activities while intoxicated, like setting off fireworks or jumping across buildings. This is never a good idea. When drunk, you are less coordinated and have slower reflexes. This means that you could be severely injured and could find yourself needing to go to hospital. If you become seriously injured due to someone else’s actions or the party venue is unsafe, then speak to a Clearwater personal injury lawyer.
Drink-driving is against the law. It’s dangerous because, when you drink alcohol, your reflexes are slower. This means that you will take longer to respond to hazards. Drunk driving is a leading cause of college deaths, so it’s simply not worth the risk. At best, you could have your license taken away and at worst you could kill someone – or yourself. Be sensible and get a cab home if you don’t live on campus.
While most people at college parties are there to have fun, some people will be there with an agenda. It’s an unfortunate fact that drink spiking is more common than you’d like to imagine. When a person is spiked, they will feel more drunk than they should. They may experience memory loss, slurred speech and nausea or vomiting. Unfortunately, you won’t know you’ve been spiked until afterwards. So, avoid unattended drinks at parties and keep an eye on your own drink at all times.
Some college societies have strange and unpleasant initiation ceremonies before they let new members join. While some are harmless and optional, others are controlling and mandatory; encouraging people to do dangerous activities, break the law or use prejudices against others. So, if you’re at a party that turns into an initiation, it’s best to quit while you’re ahead. Do you really want to be involved in a society that belittles its members and puts you in an uncomfortable or dangerous position?
Sometimes, when people drink, they become more aggressive. College parties with intoxicated students can sometimes end in nasty fights. You might not be involved directly in the fight, but it’s always best to take your cue to exit if a fight breaks out. People fighting don’t notice the people around them, and you could get hurt.