It’s really important to remember that alcohol unit guidelines are provided to help protect you and minimise the risks linked to long and short-term alcohol usage. The more you drink, the less likely you are to spot dangerous situations and the more likely you are to do something risky.


Stick to the guidelines of not drinking more than 14 units a week and you’ll be much less likely to suffer from alcohol poisoning and will be better prepared to help a friend who has drunk too much.

Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble. Alcohol numbs the senses, particularly sight, sound and touch which makes swimming especially difficult. So, however tempting it may be after a few drinks, please act responsibly near water.    

Don’t drink and drown

You’ll have heard it a million times before but lining your stomach before a night of drinking is hugely important; so make sure you have a meal and some water before you head out. It doesn’t stop once you’re out either, there’s no shame in having a soft drink or water when you’re in the pub.


Pacing yourself with a non-alcoholic bevvies throughout the night will mean you’re more likely to reach the end of it and you’ll probably have a much better time too!

Eat before you drink

Watch your drink

Drinks spiked with alcohol or drugs can make you vulnerable. It can be a scary experience and many people don’t report an incident because they simply don’t remember what happened. You may not notice a difference to the taste of your drink and could experience feeling sick or drowsy.


If you or your friend suspect you’ve had your drink spiked, tell a member of staff or security and call an ambulance.

Want to find out more? Drinkaware has some really great tools to help you understand your drinking, track your drinks and change your habits.

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