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FROM READERS: A guide to staying safe at parties

By MARIAN TRATTNER/MISSOURIAN READER
September 5, 2012 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

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:

Protect your reputation, be invited back, catch the eye of possible love interest:

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor Joy Mayer.