How To Keep Safe On A Night Out

For the majority of people, a couple of drinks with friends, getting a taxi and swapping texts with friends to check you are safely home would be a typical night out. However, for some people it will involve a lot of alcohol, drug taking and being left stranded with no way of getting home. If you are planning to go out with friends, it should be all about having good time and being safe. This section will provide some useful tips to ensure this happens…….

Be prepared…..

  1. Know your limits; set a limit before you start drinking and when you reach it, stop.
  2. Line your stomach before you head out by eating some food.
  3. Let your friends and family know where you are.
  4. Pace your drinking; it’ll help keep you sound.
  5. Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know and never leave your drink unattended. It could be spiked.
  6. Keep hydrated, Tap water is free in most pubs and bars.

When you’re out…..

  • Don’t mix your drinks too much.
  • Drugs are illegal and you could face prosecution if caught using them
  • Don’t mix drugs and alcohol. You can never be sure what effect this will have on you and your friends, even if you have taken them before.
  • Walk away from fights or trouble, it isn’t worth it.
  • Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know and never leave your drink unattended. It could be spiked.
  • If you feel dizzy or sick, ask someone you trust to take you to safety. If you are alone or can’t find your friends/colleagues, tell the bar staff.
  • Keep hydrated, tap water is free in most pubs and bars.
  • Keep an eye on your friends. If someone collapses and is unconscious, call an ambulance, don’t leave them alone.

    Getting back safely….

  • Never drink & drive or take drugs & drive.
  • Designate a driver before you go out
  • Pre-book a licensed taxi or know where the taxi ranks are; keep some money left over for the fee
  • If possible, get the night bus home
  • Don’t walk home alone and always walk in well lit areas
  • Make sure you and your friends get home safely

Related Links:

  • Listen to Life Experiences & Adverts in Bedfordshire
  • First Aid
  • Drug & Alcohol Facts
  • Drugs & The Law
  • Drug & Alcohol Service Contact Information
  • B:DAT Contact Information

External National Websites:

  • Know Your Limits
  • FRANK
  • Alcohol Concern
  • Home Office Tackling Drugs
  • National Treatment Agency (NTA) For Substance Misuse