ACON is advising partygoers this season to play safe and be honest about their alcohol and drug use.

ACON operations director Nicolas Parkhill said partygoers should discuss their plans with friends, set limits and other boundaries to stay in control.

“The only way to avoid the harmful effects of drugs entirely is not to use them but, by being realistic about the fact that some people will use, we are trying to minimise the harm that can result,” he said.

“We can party, play and stay in control by talking honestly about our use of alcohol and other drugs, knowing and sticking to our limits and supporting each other to get help when we need it.

“If you’re going out with mates, talk openly and honestly about your plans. Let them know what you’re using and the amount you plan on taking.

“Before you head out set a limit on how many drinks or drugs you are taking that night. This will allow you to stay in control and have a great night.

“And remember to look out for your mates. Check they’re okay through the night – plan times and places to meet through the night so you don’t lose track of each other.

“There are particular drugs which are more prevalent in the GLBT community, but the biggest danger comes from mixing. Mixing drugs is the most common way people overdose. We advise people to take great care when using alcohol and other drugs and, in relation to GHB, it is best for people to avoid drinking and they should take great care with dosing.”

The ACON Rovers will be at most parties, dressed in fluorescent pink vests, to provide information and assistance for people experiencing problems as a result of drug and alcohol use.

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