If you are going out for a Big Night Out, remember these five top tips for staying safe:
Make sure that you don’t go out drinking on an empty stomach. You don’t want to pass out by 9 do you? Alternating your alcoholic drinks with a soft drink will also help prevent you from falling down too soon.
Keep an eye on how much you are drinking too – it is a lot more likely that something could go wrong when you’ve had a few too many. Watch your drink at all times – drinks can and do get spiked so never leave your drink unattended!
Keep your phone charged and topped up with credit if you are on pay-as-you-go. It is also a good idea to write a few important phone numbers and stash them in your bag, if your phone dies or gets stolen.
Plan how you will get home. Walking may not be the best option, but if you have to, do not walk home alone in the dark, keep to well-lit, busy streets, main roads and footpaths. Avoid badly lit areas, parks, alleyways and underpasses.
Keep your ‘getting home’ money separate, so that you don’t spend it on drink or a kebab. If you are using public transport to get home, sit near the driver on a bus or a tram, and in an occupied carriage on a train or the underground. If you are getting a taxi home, try to pre-book a licensed taxi, or know the locations of official taxi ranks – only use reputable firms.
There is a lot of advice online about drinking safely and staying safe, so don’t ignore it. Don’t be scared, but do have fun!
(These top five tips have been adapted from the complete university guide website; you can find the full article here: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/preparing-to-go/staying-safe-and-secure/top-tips-to-stay-safe/)
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Happy New Year!!