By Nikki Ramos Clarkson
Going to a campus university means that most of us feel safe at all times, even on a night out. But, it is important for us to never completely let our guard down whether we are going out in town or to the students’ union. Outlined in this article are a series of measures we can take in order to stay safe on a night out. Remember: it´s better to be safe than sorry!
- Eat a proper meal
Many make the classic mistake of drinking on an empty stomach. Consequently, this means the levels of alcohol in your blood will go up more quickly, which can result in harm. Don’t be afraid to carbo-load before drinking, even if you feel you don´t have enough time to eat a full meal, it is always better to have something.
- Drink sensibly
It is perfectly fine to go out, have a few drinks and have a good time. But, the important thing is to always be in control. As a student it is very easy to get carried away whilst playing drinking games. Drinking vast amounts of alcohol in a short space of time and mixing different spirits can make you vulnerable to black-outs. So, it is important to know your limits, pace yourself and stick to one type of alcohol. Remember to “make better decisions” in future and drink in moderation.
- Keep an eye on your drink
It may have been said many times, but never leave your drink unattended. It only takes a split second for someone to put something in your drink- it may not happen often, but it can happen. So, don´t be the one to let your guard down!
- Stick with your friends
On a night out we all like to socialise and talk to new people, but a key part of staying safe is knowing that you are close to your friends or people you know. If you are wondering around on your own you may be vulnerable is some way. It is important to always be with at least one person you know, especially when travelling back home or to halls.
- Stay out of trouble
Avoid arguments or fights as they will only end up ruining your night. You don´t want to be that person who gets thrown out of the club for causing hassle. The best thing to do is walk away. If you see a situation that looks like it could get out of hand, just talk to the bouncers and they will sort it out.
These are just some simple steps you can take so that you are safe on a night out. You don´t want to put yourself in a vulnerable position. You don´t want to get home and not remember your night and you certainly don´t want to have any regrets!