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.
Here are some tips for watching your mates:
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.
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