University life is all about striking a balance between academic responsibilities and enjoying the freedom of newfound independence. For many students, this means embracing the vibrant social scene! Nights out with friends can be an excellent way to unwind and create lasting memories. But amidst the fun and excitement, it’s crucial to prioritise safety. You deserve to have great nights out, but you also want to make sure you are being as safe as possible.
Here are some simple tips to help you stay safe:
- Make sure your phone has plenty of charge for your night out.
- Plan how you are going to get home and who you are going home with before you go out.
- Drink some soft drinks along with alcohol on the night out.
- Avoid open water – don’t be walking down any canals when you have had a drink.
- Cover your drink at all times – simply ask the bartender for a drink cover or you can buy one here and pop it on top of your glass. If you are drinking from a bottle, keep your finger over the top.
- Never leave your drink unattended, and if you do no matter how skint you are don’t drink it get yourself a new drink. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Where possible stay in a group, this minimises the risk of getting lost.
- Keep your valuables safe, preferably on you at all times.
- Eat a meal before you go out, no one wants to be over the toilet all night.
- Keep an eye on your friends, if one of them has had too much to drink grab them some water and go and get some fresh air.
- Carry a personal attack alarm for emergencies.
These simple safety measures can go a long way in ensuring your well-being while having a blast with friends. So, before you head out for another unforgettable night, make sure your phone is charged, your way home is sorted,, you’re watching out for your friends, and you have an eye on your drink. In the rare case of an emergency, remember to call 999 or 111, depending on the circumstances. University life is an incredible experience, and by staying safe, you can make the most of your memorable nights out without unnecessary risks.