How to keep the good times good

Nothing beats a night out with friends. Follow our simple tips to make sure your next good time doesn't take a turn for the worse.

  • Make a plan.   Before you start drinking, set yourself a limit on how much you're going to drink.

  • Set yourself a budget. Only take out a set amount of money to spend on alcohol.

  • Start later. Turn up later and you can drink less. But don't drink at home before you go out!

  • Take your time. Don't feel pressured to keep up with others.

  • Give it a miss. If someone is getting a round, don't feel like you have to have a drink.

  • Sit one out. Buy yourself a soft drink when it's your round.

  • Replace your usual. Try a smaller glass or a lower strength drink or add a mixer.

  • A ready-made excuse. You can always tell your friends you're cutting back on drinking to watch your weight.

    Why not try an alcohol free cocktail instead ?

Dangers to be aware of

The more you drink, the more at risk you are of becoming involved in a fight or unsafe sex, or being targeted by criminals.

  • Violence

    You might not be out of control but you can't control how other people behave when they're drunk. Half of all violent crimes are alcohol-related.

  • Sex

    Can you be sure you'll use a condom? Unsafe sex can lead to unintended pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, herpes or gonorrhea.

  • Getting home

    Plan how you're going to get home before you set off. If you're drunk you're more likely to decide to get an unlicensed minicab or walk home alone and if you're a woman, situations like these can put you at risk of sexual assault.

  • Spiked drinks

    Both women and men could have their drinks spiked. Keep your drink with you. Agree with your friends to watch out for each other and to support each other if one of you suddenly seems unusually drunk or is acting strangely. Drinks can be spiked with more alcohol too.

  • Injuries

    If you're so drunk that you're dizzy or falling over, you could do yourself a serious injury. 


Tips for avoiding trouble

  • At the start of an evening, plan how you'll get home - take phone numbers for taxis and keep enough money to pay for the journey home or agree who will drive and not drink.
  • Don't accept drinks from strangers.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended.
  • Don't get into an unlicensed cab or a stranger's car - for women especially there's an increased risk of sexual assault.
  • Don't get into a car with a driver who you know has been drinking or taking drugs.
  • Don't leave your friends to go off with someone you don't know.
  • Avoid walking home on your own or through dark or unsafe areas if you've been drinking.
  • Avoid aggressive drinkers - just walk away if someone seems to be getting too rowdy.
  • Carry a condom - if you have sex, make sure it's safe.


Staying in

Be careful - when drinking at home people often pour much more than the standard pub measures. Try to keep a track of your units.


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