A bit of preparation means you can relax for the night. Make sure you have:
- plans for how to get home
- a place to meet your friends if you lose each other
- your friends’ phone numbers and they have yours
- enough money for the night, plus extra for emergencies.
Going out tonight? Remember to take:
- lightweight clothes, so you will not overheat, and a jacket for between clubs
- a group of trusted friends
- your mobile phone
- your door key
- condoms and lubricant
- money for a taxi ride home.
Look after yourself
Take care by:
- telling someone – a friend, housemate or family member – where you are going and how to contact you
- staying with your friends
- not driving if you have been drinking or taking drugs
- remembering that drugs and alcohol can cause you to make bad decisions, and that you do not have to get drunk or take drugs to have fun
- drinking water and eating between alcoholic drinks
- keeping a watch over your drink so that nobody can spike it, and not accepting drinks from strangers
- practising safe sex to avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
Looking after your friends
Good friends will look out for you, so look out for them by:
- never leaving them on their own
- watching how much they are drinking and making sure that nobody spikes their drinks
- helping them if they have had too much to drink
- volunteering to be the designated driver and not drinking or taking drugs
- stopping them driving if they have been drinking or taking drugs.