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Looking After Yourself

Tips for staying safe on a night out


If you follow a few simple suggestions, it will help you stay safe while you’re having a good time. 

Make smarter decisions, including:

  • Remember that you don’t have to use alcohol or other drugs to have fun.
  • Eat well before you leave home. A full stomach slows the absorption of alcohol.
  • Let a parent or responsible adult know where you are going and agree what time you will be back.
  • Try not to drink alcohol before going out.
  • Drink in moderation and have some space between your drinks. Don’t let others top up your drinks and go for low alcohol or soft drink options wherever possible.
  • The best way to avoid drug-related problems is not to use at all. If you do, make sure you know what you’re taking and find out how to reduce the risks of overdose or injury. Never mix drugs with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Trust your own judgement. Don’t let peer pressure sway you into doing anything you don’t want to do. It’s okay to say no.
  • Stay close to friends you trust.
  • Take condoms with you if you think you might end up having sex – and use them.
  • Don’t get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.  Have reliable taxi/cab contact details.
  • Remember that your judgement may be impaired if you’ve been drinking or taking drugs – don’t take risks you may regret.
  • Leave for somewhere safe if you feel unsafe at a venue or party.