Thursday, 30 October 2014

It's Halloween, so go throw an epic party!

It’s Halloween, so go throw an epic party. Not only can parties be good for your health but some of the great ancient tales of Ireland involve epic parties. My favourite is the tragedy of Diarmuid and Gráinne, the star crossed lovers whose story reads like some iron age fusion of Romeo and Juliet and Natural Born Killers, with Diarmuid slaughtering all would dare to catch them, while the pair of them resisted their biological urges until, but of course, they got to Galway, where they, ahem, did lay down together… (This of course is not entirely unnormal behaviour for people visiting Galway – the whole epic erotic energy of the place can send the best of us cracked).

All of which leaves the inhabitants of modern Ireland (and Galway in particular) under a bit of pressure when it comes to throwing our own parties. Ideally modern parties should combine fun, food and fabulous tales, whilst at the same time sending sparks through everybody’s brains and hearts that will lead to stunningly heroic adventures that will be sung about down through the ages. At the very least parties are a great way to wind down, relax, shoot the breeze with old friends, make new friends and celebrate life. In fact taking time out from the stress and pressure of everyday life (jobs, exams, bills, and relationships) is great for your health and wellbeing, which will help with your ability to cope with life’s difficulties.

However, the problem is that when you do manage to throw an epic party, the chances are that some fecking eejits will come along looking for an excuse to get pished, grope or fight other party goers, vomit on the carpet and leave a trail of broken glass and burn marks. This can only increase stress levels for everybody. But do not panic Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice programme has great tips on how to throw great stress free parties. These include:

Make sure there lots of great food with low salt levels (salt makes people thirsty). Have drinks set up in a separate room, with plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available as well. Have plenty of activities lined up (dancing, movie, scary stories, scary costume fashion parade, etc.), but avoid drinking games. For more check out the full article in Strategies for preventing drunk driving

Hangover helper and tips for healthy drinking also has great advice; including don’t mix alcohol drinks; have a good meal beforehand with lots of protein in it; alternate drinking alcohol with water or juice (but not carbonated drinks as they can speed up effects of alcohol). There’s plenty more facts and tips in the article; check it out and see what you think.

For those who are new to partying and are looking for things to start a conversation with, here’s some Halloween topics: Did you know there is a gruesome fungus that kills ants then turnsthem in to zombies…  Or, on a more enlightened topic, did you know Edgar Alan Poe visited Scotland when he was impressionable child

Of course if your looking for weird and dark stories to enjoy please check out My Books

Have a fun Halloween!
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NB While there is a lot of fun to being a student, there is no getting away from the fact that sexual assaults can happen at parties, on campus, anywhere. The latest edition of Student Health 101 has an article worth reading called 'Profile of a Bystander: How to prevent sexual assault on campus'. To read it click on Student Health 101 then click the sexual assault link. This article is part of the October issue, to read it after October just check out the archive. You might also want to check out Rape and Alcohol
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