When heading out on a night out it is important to plan ahead, so you can have a safe and enjoyable evening. If you do decide to drink alcohol ensure you can get home safely, and avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
Look after yourself and your friends!
If you or your friends do choose to drink alcohol, regardless of your age, there are some things you can do to minimise the potential harms you might experience. It is important when going out with friends to think about how you will respond if you or your friends run into trouble. This can help you to reduce the risk of anyone coming to harm if things don't go as planned, along with these tips:
There are a number of ways you can look after yourself and your friends before, during and after a night out, including the following:
Never get in a car if the driver has been drinking alcohol or taking drugs. If you have driven your own car and end up drinking alcohol or taking drugs, leave your car where it is and find a safe way home with friends, family or in a taxi.
If you are having trouble thinking of a suitable way to get home, call a sober friend or a parent for help - they may be annoyed at the time but they will be more upset if you don't get home safely.
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2National Health and Medical Research Council.(2009). Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol: Commonwealth of Australia
Call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.