Freshers

Staying safe on a night out

Freshers should be a highlight of your University experience and we don't want anything to come in the way of that. Stay safe by following these top tips...

1. Know your limits 

When you're drunk it may be difficult to listen to the 'inner you' but when it goes through your head that you've had too much, stop. Enjoy your night and turn your focus to dancing or socialising away from the bar.

Read what is in a unit and how many are in your favourite drink here.

  • Drink water: ask for a glass of water in-between drinks and don't worry about what your friends might say. Drinking water will help you moderate your drinking and will do great things for your head the next day!
  • Miss a few rounds: Friends should respect when you want a break from drinking, after all, it's not the end of the world as long as you have a good night. Miss a few rounds and if you are embarrassed to, use that time to sneak off to the toilet. 
  • Fill up on food: A great excuse for carbs. Have some pasta, bread or anything stodgy to line your stomach before you head out.

2. Be Prepared

  • Put 'In Case Of Emergency' numbers on your phone.
  • Make a plan with your friends incase anybody gets lost. 
  • Put a glass of water and bread next to your bed as well as anything else you might need before you sleep.
  • Have dinner and pace yourself during pre-drinks!

3. When you're out

  • Be aware that alcohol can affect your judgment. 
  • Avoid rounds as you may feel pressured into drinking and spending more than you want to.
  • If you leave before your friends let them know where you’re going.
  • Never leave your drink unattended as it could get spiked. 
  • Stay with your friends if they do get very drunk. If they're being sick, roll them onto on their side so that they don't choke. 

4. When you're home

  • Got the munchies? Eat! It may help how you feel the next day.
  • Don't try to shower drunk, wait until the morning.
  • Drink as much water as you can take.
  • Give your body a few drink-free days to recover after drinking.
  • On average it takes your body an hour to get rid of each unit of alcohol, bear this in mind if you plan on driving anywhere the next day.

Visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for all the facts.


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