Think smart: Keep your night out running safely!
By Alison German
The facts speak for themselves: the more you drink, the more likely you are to do something risky or put yourself in dangerous situations. Nobody wants an otherwise fun night out ending with lost phones and money, fights or even a visit to A&E or the police station – make sure you’re following these steps to a safe night out!
- Make plans for your journey home and ensure you know who you will be travelling with.
- If you plan to take a taxi, either book it in advance or get one from the taxi rank. Remember: Don’t flag down cars and always check you’re travelling with a recognised, licenced taxi service.
- Make sure your mobile phone is charged and has enough credit.
- Keep the money you need to get home separate so you are not tempted to spend it.
- Avoid taking expensive items with you or anything which could be easily lost or stolen.
Stay in groups
- If you’re having a night out with friends, make sure you stick together.
- If your friend has had too much to drink, make sure you keep an eye on them and get them home safely.
Watch your drink
Having a drink spiked with alcohol or drugs can put you in an incredibly vulnerable position. It can be a scary experience, and many people fail to report an incident simply because they do not remember what happened to them.
- Never leave your drink unattended when you go to the toilet or to dance, and keep an eye on your friends’ drinks.
- Do not accept drinks from strangers.
- Know your limits and ensure you are not drinking more than you are able to handle.
If you suspect your, or someone else’s, drink has been spiked, tell someone you trust as soon as possible, or a member of the bar or security staff. The symptoms of drink spiking vary depending on the substances used, however if your drink has been spiked you could have difficulty concentrating or speaking, blurred vision, memory loss, nausea and vomiting, paranoia or loss of consciousness.
To receive independent alcohol advice, information and tools visit www.drinkaware.co.uk