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Alcohol and Young People


Handy hints for staying safe on a night out


Before you go out:

  • Make sure your phone is charged and has credit.
  • Eat something before you go out to line your stomach.
  • Take condoms out with you, just in case.
  • Drink water before, during and after a night out, to stay hydrated.
  • Plan how you’re getting home, save enough money for a bus or taxi.

During your night out:

  • Never accept drinks from someone you don’t know, and don’t go back to a drink you’ve left unattended.
  • Do not mix alcohol with other drugs, legal or illegal. It is impossible to know the effects.
  • Drink water or a soft drink between alcoholic drinks, to stay hydrated.
  • Try and eat something if drinking over a period of time.
  • Do not walk home on country roads or unlit streets, and do not use coast paths or cliff-tops as short cuts. Alcohol affects your coordination and reaction times.
  • Stay with your mates, don’t wander off.
  • Look after your mates, don’t let them wander off or leave them behind.
  • Be aware that if someone is drunk, they may lack the capacity to consent to sex.

After your night out:

  • Drink some water before you go to sleep.
  • The next day eat healthy foods rich in Vitamin C, to speed up recovery.
  • If you’ve over-indulged, try and take the whole week off alcohol to let your body recover.