Going out to a nightclub is great fun. You get to meet new people, forget the worries of the working week and burn off some of that stress on the dance floor.
But having a good time also means looking after yourself in what can be a frenetic and disorienting environment. It’s a sad fact that not everyone in a nightclub is there to party. If you’re unlucky, that guy or gal who seems so personable while you’re chatting at the bar may be interested in a whole lot more than what you think about Eminem’s latest release.
Staying safe in a nightclub is a matter of planning and a little commonsense. Here are our tips to help you dance the night away safely.
The practice of slipping so-called date-rape drugs into drinks is on the rise and for many nightclubbers it is their number one fear. Guard against it by:
- Covering your drink with the palm of your hand in crowded situations.
- Never accepting a drink that you haven’t seen the bartender pour.
- Never leaving your drink unattended.
- Never sharing your drink with someone you’ve just met.
- Never accepting “harmless” party pills from strangers.
If you are unlucky enough to fall victim to drink spiking you won’t know it until the effects start to take hold. In a nightclub, always stay aware of your physical and mental state and if you start to experience any of the following symptoms seek help from nightclub staff immediately.
- Loss of coordination.
- Drowsiness or lethargy.
- Excessive loss of inhibition.
- Poor reaction time.
- Mental confusion.
Although drinking sensibly is part and parcel of many nightclub visits, drinking too much can put you at risk. Excess alcohol consumption reduces your ability to perceive danger, decreases alertness, makes you more likely to exercise poor judgement and delays responses which might otherwise get you out of a dangerous situation.
Know your limit and stick to it.
Sometimes it’s a random crime of opportunity, sometimes it’s the result of a planned professional thieves, but coming back from the toilet or the dance floor to find your handbag has disappeared hurts just as bad either way.
In a crowded room full of people you don’t know, the only way to keep your valuables safe is to keep them with you at all times.
Reducing what you take with you on your night out can also help. Do you really need that iPod? Is that expensive makeup case really necessary? If you don’t have it with you, it can’t get stolen.
And if the worst does happen and all your money is stolen, how are you going to get home? Keep a $20 note in your shoe for emergencies and you’ll still have taxi fare at least.
Make sure you have the number of a reputable taxi company in your mobile phone. At the end of a night, when things seem a little blurry, the last thing you want to do is put your safety in the hands of some shonky gypsy-cab operation.
Strength in Numbers
Going out with a group of friends is one of the best safeguards when visiting a nightclub. A group of people is a far less attractive target for criminals than a single person or a couple. Friends can also provide assistance in the event of drink spiking or excess alcohol intake. Travelling in a group, too, is much safer than travelling alone.
Simple Safety Tips
Planning ahead, going out in a group, limiting alcohol intake, being vigilant with valuables and taking sensible precautions against drink spiking are simple safety tips that will help keep you safe at a nightclub.How to Stay Safe at a Nightclub,