There’s safety in numbers.
When going out to bars and clubs it’s always best to go in groups (never alone) and to be sure to come home with the exact same people you went out with. The buddy system ensures that you and your friends will be able to look out for one another, especially if one friend is over-served and needs help getting home.
Also, keep an eye out for predatory drugs symptoms, such as confusion, slurred speech, difficulty standing and fleeting consciousness. If you recognize these signs in yourself or in your friend, go to a hospital or emergency care clinic as soon as possible. A good rule of thumb to avoid predatory drugs, such as the date rape drug, is to never accept a drink from a stranger and to always keep your drink in your hand after receiving it from the bartender.
Lastly, with the advent of car services like Uber and Lyft, there is absolutely no excuse for drinking and driving. If you plan to drink while you’re out, be sure that you have a designated driver or the means to take a taxi or car service home.