Going out with friends as you get older often means lots of dinners, dancing and maybe a couple of drinks for the over 18’s and it’s important to stay safe while enjoying yourself.
We’ve got some top tips to make sure you always get back into your cosy bed safe and sound at the end of the night!
Arrange How You're Getting Home Before You Leave
Whether it’s booking a taxi in advance, double checking your bus times or arranging a lift home from a generous mate, make sure you know when and how you’ll be coming home before the festivities get going. When you’ve made your plans let a friend, relative or flatmate know when you’re planning to head back, so that they won’t be up all night waiting and worrying. It also means that if something were to happen that delayed you getting home when expected, they’d know to contact you and make sure everything was ok.
Check the Weather
We’re not known to have the nicest, or most consistent, weather in Scotland throughout the year. It’s always a good idea to wear a jacket and carry an umbrella on a night out. It might mean you have to pay a little bit extra for the cloakroom in a club, but it’ll be worth it to stay warm while waiting in a long queue to get in, or for the taxi home. A great way to save a bit of cash in the cloakroom is to bring one bigger bag that you and your friends can put all of your stuff into, and then split the cost of putting the bag in the cloakroom.
Wear Sensible Shoes
If you're into wearing heels on a night out, though they can certainly glam up an outfit, they aren’t always practical. A stylish pair of boots or brogues are often a better bet, or if you can’t bring yourself to ditch the heels entirely, pack a pair of flats in your bag to change into while walking outside.
Use Pedestrian Crossings
When you have been drinking your reactions become slower, so it is important to take extra care when crossing the road. It can also be harder to see traffic - and for you to be seen by traffic- on dark nights. Last year in Glasgow, 126 people were injured while walking after drinking alcohol. Standard road safety precautions such as using the pedestrian crossing and looking both ways before crossing will help to keep you safe while out late. Sticking with a group of friends when out and about at night will also help keep both you and them safe.
Designate a Driver
The safest, quickest and easiest way to get home is by having a designated driver within your group. Scotland’s new drink driving limit is 50mg per 100ml of blood, meaning a designated driver should avoid drinking alcohol completely in order to get everyone home safe. To keep it fair, alternate the designated driver role between your group and make sure to have everyone chip in for petrol.
Keep Your Stuff Safe
Pick-pocketing can be common during a night out, with thieves trying to take advantage of people who have let their guard down a little. Hold on to your bag and make sure to keep it closed, keep your phone off of tables and check your coat into the cloakroom for safe-keeping. Remember to double check you’ve got all your valuables when heading from one place to another.
If you stay quite far out from where you’re partying and are worried about getting transport home, ask a friend if you could stay with them or even look into getting a hotel nearby. It might seem expensive, but splitting a hotel room between a group of friends can work out to be not much more than a taxi fare, and it means you know that everyone has got back safe and sound without worrying about taxis or buses. Plus, it means you’re all together for a recap of the night over breakfast and a cuppa in the morning!
Remember alcohol can seriously impair your senses, lower your inhibitions and make you take more risks. Some things might seem like a good idea at the time, under the influence of alcohol, but you don't want to end up regretting anything the morning after. Make sure you keep yourself safe. Keep your wits about you and be aware of your situation to ensure that you keep safe out there! .