When first dating someone, consider meeting in a public place and avoid being alone until you have gotten to know one another.
When you are ready to go out or to a party, have a plan. Know where you are going, who you are going with, and how much you plan on drinking.
Before you and your partner start drinking, have a conversation about your limits, and what do and do not want to do later that night. When you are intoxicated, it can be hard to judge a situation. Rather than run the risk of crossing a line, know where you and your partner stand before you drink.
Always watch your drink being prepared, or if you can, prepare all of your drinks yourself. If you lose sight of your drink, get a new one—that way you know what is in it and how much alcohol you are consuming. Eighty percent of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol, and overconsuming can be risky.
Accepting a drink from someone you don’t know can be risky. A lot of date rape drugs are undetectable when mixed with alcohol. They can be flavorless.
Stay with your group of friends. Make sure a dependable friend knows where you are and who you are with at all times.
You don’t have to spend time with someone who you don’t know or trust. Even if someone asks you to leave with them, you can say you’d rather stay with your group of friends.
If you do hit it off with someone you just met, make sure you both are able to consent to any after-party activities. Get a clear, willing, and sober yes.
If you start to feel strange or unusually intoxicated, seek help from a friend. Do Not leave with someone you just met or that you do not know.