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Party safe

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Parties are great fun, particularly if it's at someone else's place. Most parties have a few minor disasters, you can't control everything, especially if you want it to be any fun. But sometimes people can be put at risk by irresponsible behaviour, bad decisions, or violence.

Having a party

The following suggestions may not be suitable for young people under the age of 18. If you are younger, have a lok at the topic 'It's party time' on the Teen section of this site. Why? Because they have a legal legal responsibility for you, and it is their house!

If you are 18 or older:

  • Ask for some friends/parents to supervise (informally) so that you are not the only person responsible.
  • Organise for some people to stay sober in case of any emergency situations.
  • Provide soft drinks, water or other non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Provide some drinks that are low in alcohol content, eg. light beers.
  • Think of other activities to do at the party, other than drink, eg. dance, play pool, have a game.
  • Use plastic, non-breakable cups rather than glass.
  • Keep the party outside of the house to minimise the chance of damage.
  • Keep rooms in the house closed off to guests if you do not want them being used. Hide valuables - you may not know all of the people at the party.
  • If you do not know some people and have concerns about them, do not let them in.
  • People may choose to use drugs at your party. Check out some of the topics from our ‘Drugs and alcohol' section to learn about ways to help people keep safe.

Going to a party

  • If you don't know the people giving the party, check what kind of party it is before you go.
  • Check where the party is and if you know any other people going.
  • Take a friend you can trust if you won't know anyone at the party.
  • Negotiate a curfew (finishing time) with your parents/caregiver, and organise for them to pick you up.
  • Get dropped off in a car by someone and ask them to wait and see if you want to stay (the party may not be what you expected). 
  • Make arrangements to get home - don't leave it up to chance.
  • Go with someone and agree beforehand who is the 'designated driver'.
  • Don't put your money or personal belongings where they might be at risk.
  • Have a safe 'plan B'.


Drugs and alcohol

  • Eat food before the party if you plan to drink alcohol, as the effects of alcohol are increased on an empty stomach.
  • Prepare your own drinks - only you know how much alcohol you like in them.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended. Keep it with you at all times to prevent people adding anything to it (for example alcohol or drugs).
  • Do not feel pressure to drink at the same rate as someone else. You are a different person and your body will manage the alcohol differently to them.
  • Have a non-alcoholic drink (eg. water) between each alcoholic drink.
  • Young people who are just starting to use alcohol and drugs may not have the experience needed to know when they have had enough. If the party is at your place, it is important to keep an eye on this. Make sure no-one leaves your party if they may not be able to keep themselves safe (eg. driving)
  •  If someone is affected by alcohol or drugs and needs help, call for help. Tell the paramedics what the person may have taken, so that they can give the best care. The paramedics will only call the police if they feel they are in danger or if someone has died.


South Australia

  • The Youth Health Service
    - Central: 57 Hyde St, Adelaide
    - South: 50a Beach Rd, Christies Beach
    - North: 6 Gillingham Rd, Elizabeth
    - West: 51 Bower St, Woodville
  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)
    Phone: (08) 8274 3333 
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
    24 Hour Statewide (SA) Line Phone: 1300 13 13 40

The Second Story Youth Health Service teamed up with Mission Australia in 2006 to bring together young people from five high schools in the South of Adelaide. Two thirty second community service announcement advertisements were produced for the Get Reel competition. You can download them from our Resources>Videos page.


  • Lawstuff, legal advice for young people in Australia
  • Save-A-Mate (SAM) is a program of the Red Cross. SAM promotes health and wellbeing of young people through peer education and support on issues such as alcohol and other drug use, and mental health.
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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Youth Healthline on 1300 13 17 19 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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