Using Alcohol Or Other Drugs Is Never Without Risk
Go easy on yourself and your body by taking a sensible approach to the drugs you’re taking. Keep a close tab on the quantities and your body’s responses to what you’re taking, and find your own information about the drugs you’re offered and don’t believe everything you’re told. Partying till you drop is great but know what you’re doing.
Remember that class-A drugs are illegal in the Netherlands, however tolerant our society may seem to be of them, and most event organisers take a zero-tolerance approach to them.
I Love My Ears
A party without music is like a carbonated drink without fizz. But going deaf or that constant ringing in your ears is a very sad memento of a good party. So go easy on your ears and be sure to wear ear plugs if the sound level exceeds 80 dB(A). Ear plugs can usually be obtained at events from designated dispensers, the information desk or special hearing loss prevention stands.
Also, while we totally get that you want to feel that bass, dancing in front of a speaker is a spectacularly bad idea. Even if you’re wearing ear plugs.
Think For Yourself, Care About Others
At good events the crowds become one. There’s an atmosphere of togetherness, of sharing in a special experience. The best way to keep that atmosphere alive is to look after each other, friends and fellow revellers alike.
Agree on a meeting point beforehand should anyone in the group get lost.
Don’t ruin your party experience by trying to convince others to take something they don’t want to. Likewise don’t allow others to talk you into taking something you’re not comfortable taking. Be yourself and follow your instincts.
Pace Yourself: Eat, Sleep, Rave
No matter how much you’d like to be able to go on partying all weekend, you’re not a robot, you won’t be able to. Give yourself the opportunity to recharge your batteries with some sleep and a decent breakfast, and prepare yourself for the next party!
Water is essential when partying. Dancing, alcohol, and drugs all dehydrate the body, therefore it is vital that you stay on top of your fluids. But too much water is just as bad as too little, so aim to drink one bottle of water per hour.
Don’t Push Your Limits. Be Responsible
Have a rough plan for your day/night. Decide in advance what you’re going to do, what time you expect to leave the party, how you’re going to get home, whether you want to take something or not, and be sure to discuss all these things with your friends so you’re all on the same page.
When it comes to alcohol and drugs, your mantra should be ‘less is more’. It’s better to take one too few pills than to take one too many. After all, taking one too many pills yourself might ruin the event for your friends as well as yourself.
Take Your Time To Chill
Dancing for hours in a warm, humid hall or the summer sun makes it harder for your body to sweat and get rid of its own heat, and may cause you to overheat.
So take time to chill: stop dancing for a bit and allow yourself to cool down either in a shady spot or a designated chill zone. It’s the best way to prevent overheating and will actually enable you to keep going for longer.
If you’re beginning to feel a little nauseous, tell someone and find a quiet spot away from the crowd, or go to a first-aid booth.
The First Aid Team Is Your Friend
All large events come with first-aid booths, and they’re there for pretty much anything. Don’t be afraid you’ll get into trouble if you seek help. Remember: neither you nor those taking you will be legally prosecuted if you go and see a first-aid team after taking drugs, and any discussions / treatments at the first-aid booth will remain confidential.
Always be up front and honest about what you’ve taken, as they can’t properly help you if they don’t know what you’re on. Also be sure to tell your friends what you’re taking so they know.
If you’re having trouble getting to first aid, ask security or staff members to call for help. Don’t leave someone on their own if you know they’re feeling unwell.
Be nice to the first-aid teams. They’re here to help you. They’re your friends as well as professional healthcare providers. Trust their professional opinions and show them the respect they deserve, they’re working really hard to help you!
Don’t Drink, Drug And Drive
If you’ve had a few drinks or taken a few drugs you are likely to overestimate your driving abilities, which makes you a danger to yourself and other road users, so don’t do it. Driving under the influence is a very serious felony that may result in the loss of your driving licence. Likewise never get into a car with someone who is not sober.
Also, never underestimate fatigue when driving home afterwards. Sleep is the only cure for feeling tired after partying – energy drinks and other stimulants will not refresh you.
Plan your trip home in advance to make sure you get home safely. Appoint a designated driver and remind them to stay sober. There also cabs, family/friends, or public transport to get you where you need to go.