Be Summer Savvy
Who's ready for BBQ's, beer gardens and picnics on the grass?!
Okay, we might be getting ahead of ourselves since the weather has only now started to improve, but the long-awaited summer isn't far away which means going out drinking can start earlier and go on later.
It's therefore important to act responsibly and know your limits. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're off out...
Take it slow.
When it's warm, we tend to drink faster than usual with even realising. Try to track how much your drinking and know when to stop. Staying hydrated with water throughout the day will help!
Food, glorious food.
Don't wait until the end of the night to pick up a kebab or cheesy chips. If you're out in the afternoon, make sure you have a decent sized breakfast and plan a place to stop for lunch before heading out.
Keep an eye on your stuff.
Avoid leaving your bag on the table where it's easy to grab. Keep it closed and don't have your phone or wallet in your back pocket.
Obvious but important!
Never leave your drink unattended even for a second and don't accept a drink from a stranger. They might seem simple but make sure you don't become a target.
If you're in a group, stay as a group. Don't wander off on your own and if you need to go to a cash machine, take someone with you.
The final hurdle
Even if you're not far from home, it's always safer to get in a taxi. Try to keep cash for when you need it and have licensed taxi numbers saved on your phone.
So, next time you head out, even if you're not having alcohol, always be alert and pay attention to your surroundings at all times.