Marian Trattner was a graduate assistant with MU's Wellness Resource Center. This article was originally published on "Off-Campus Living," a website maintained by MU's Wellness Resource Center. The website has a section with tips about hosting safe parties, recipes for snacks and a list of alcohol laws.
No. 1: Avoid any party that you haven't specifically been invited to. Even with the best of intentions by hosts and guest alike, an "open house" kegger is a high risk situation. If you decide to ignore this advice, here are some suggestions to reduce the chances you'll be hurt, arrested, or wildly embarrassed.
Protect your health and safety:
- Obey laws.
- If you're over 21 and choose to drink alcoholic beverages, keep your consumption moderate: zero drinks if you're driving, one per hour sets the pace, no more than 3 per day.
- If you're drinking, also eat food.
- Attend with a friend and look out for each other.
- Leave your valuables at home. Carry only the ID and money you'll need that night.
- If you choose to be sexually active, bring and use condoms and other latex barriers.
- Stay off all roofs and any balconies that are crowded.
- Don't play with fire.
- Don't argue with cops.
- Remember drugs and alcohol don't mix — even over-the-counter and prescription drugs can be very dangerous when combined with alcohol.
Protect your reputation, be invited back, catch the eye of possible love interest:
- Avoid behavior that might get your hosts in big trouble, such as sneaking an underage drink, carrying alcoholic drinks onto public property, throwing bottles, etc.
- Treat your hosts, their home and their other guests with respect.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Obey requests from hosts to quiet down, leave, or stop drinking.
- Bring a snack to share. Everyone appreciates an extra bag of chips.
- Mingle, talk to new people — especially that shy one in the corner.