Stay Safe - Watch Your Mates

Excessive drinking can lead you to make poor decisions – you may feel safe when you aren't, you could drive drunk or get into a fight.

Look after your friends and stay with people you know and trust. Be aware of what is happening around you. Be confident and assertive and if you pick up bad vibes from someone or some place, trust your instincts and head for somewhere safe.

Watch out for your mates who are drinking by being aware of dangers such as drink spiking and getting into disputes and confrontations with other drinkers. Remember that there may also be people nearby who are looking to target people who are already adversely affected by alcohol. Your intoxicated friends can very easily become victims of robbery, sexual assault or rape.

If your friends are drunk ensure they don’t get into trouble or hurt themselves. Keep an eye on them, don’t leave them alone and ensure they get home safely.

If someone becomes unwell or collapses it is very important to treat the situation as an emergency and get help immediately. Don’t leave them alone or delay getting help to see if they get better by themselves.

If you are worried that you will get yourself or the person into trouble, remember that you are helping your mate and they will be thankful that you did.

Watch Your Mates

Here are some tips for watching your mates:

  • Stay with people you know well and trust,
  • Avoid drinking alone, or drinking with people you don't really know or trust,
  • Don't drink with people who encourage binge drinking or look down on you for not drinking, or for not "keeping up" and drinking a lot.
  • Never drink something you did not open or see opened and poured,
  • Do not leave your drink unattended,
  • If you suddenly feel sick or dizzy ask someone you trust to look after you,
  • Never leave a friend alone if they suddenly appear drunk, feel sick or dizzy,
  • If you pick up ‘bad vibes’ about a place or person, trust your instincts and head for somewhere safe,
  • If one of your friends has or looks like they may pass out or collapse, call an ambulance immediately,
  • Remember, in any emergency call Triple Zero (000),
  • Let your mates know when they should slow down,
  • Let your mates know when it's time to go home,
  • Watch out for your intoxicated friends are hanging out with - many people become too trusting as the night goes on,
  • If you are going out, make plans beforehand about how you and your friends will get home,
  • Don't let mates drive or get in a car with someone who has been drinking,
  • Never let anyone walk home alone.

Tell us what you think

Please take a few moments to answer the following questions in relation to how alcohol impacts your perceptions of safety. The answers you provide will give us a better understanding of community attitudes to alcohol and safety. There are a couple of further questions on each page of this site.

The answers you choose to provide will give us a better understanding of community attitudes to alcohol and safety. Therefore, we are seeking your honest feedback in relation to your personal experiences with alcohol. You are not required to identify yourself, therefore, your anonymity is assured. Participation is completely voluntary and can be terminated at any time.

I know someone who has been a victim of drink spiking?
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I watch out for my mates when I go out partying?
Never Sometimes Most times Always  
I have had to prevent an intoxicated friend from making poor decisions that could have placed them in danger (such as leaving with a stranger, drinking to excess or having to take them home early)?
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Please consider answering the questions at the end of each of the 'Messages'.

Last updated April 2014