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Partying: 7 Things That Can Go Wrong

Why partying may be riskier than you think

7. Your friends are going to a rave.

Often held at secret locations like warehouses and abandoned buildings, raves usually revolve around the club drug ecstasy, also called MDMA.

This addictive stimulant is a dangerous drug. The mixture of ecstasy and nonstop dancing for long periods of time can lead to overheating, excessive sweating, cramped muscles, blurred vision, nausea, anxiety, and potentially deadly dehydration because it can mess with your body's ability to control its temperature.

The drug can also lower the sensation of pain and make you think you're invincible. Gillespie says she's seen ER patients under the influence get massive tattoos they later regretted, and try to jump out of windows, convinced they will be fine.

What to do: Short of avoiding raves altogether, just go to dance, but don't drink or take drugs. And follow basic safety rules: Stay with your group of friends, have a safe way to get home, and make sure someone knows where you are.

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Reviewed on January 10, 2012

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