The dating world can be a fun, exciting, and sometimes terrifying experience for a single woman. Is it possible for you to feel safe and enjoy yourself without dragging around bodyguard? Yes, there are actually many ways you can ensure your safety without going to extremes. Making smart choices before heading out enables you to unwind without sacrificing your safety.
- Make a plan
Tell a close friend where you are going and what time you plan to return. Update your friend immediately if your plans change so they know exactly where to find you. If you are wanting to meet people at a bar, choose a couple close friends to be your wing-woman (yes that is a thing). Keep your cell phone with you at all times and remain in contact with your friends. Although it might seem a little outdated and archaic, stepping into the bathroom to check in with a friend is sometimes the smartest trick in the book.
- Pace yourself
Resist the urge to pound a few drinks for the sake of trying to relax. Slowly sip your drink and abstain from any type of drinking game that encourages fast consumption of alcohol. Avoid drinking on an empty stomach so your body is able to process the alcohol.
- It’s not personal, it’s biology
Men are able to process slightly more alcohol than women because they possess a higher amount of an enzyme called Dehydrogenase. This enzyme breaks down approximately one drink an hour for women and about two drinks an hour for men. Remember that a drink consists of either 1.5 ounces of liquor, five ounces of wine, or twelve ounces of beer.
- Be aware
When the cute guy at the end of the bar offers to you buy a drink, feel free to politely decline! However, there is no harm accepting one if you are able to watch the bartender make it. Never lose eye contact with your drink or leave it sitting on the table without your supervision. It only takes a few seconds for someone to tamper with your drink without anyone noticing. In fact, up and coming date rape prevention products like Undercover Colors are getting a lot of media attention. While not available to the public yet, Undercover Colors is in the process of creating nail stickers that detect the presence of drugs in when the product is submerged in a drink.
Being a single woman out on the town should be a fun experience, and following these tips will you give the peace of mind to enjoy it!