Eat, drink and be safe this party season

18 Dec 2015

Top tips for a safe night out.

New figures show that London Ambulance Service responded to over 5,000 alcohol-related incidents last December.

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New figures show that London Ambulance Service responded to over 5,000 alcohol-related incidents last December.

Over the last five years, there have been 11,036 alcohol-related incidents in Haringey and 12,670 in Islington.

ĎEat, Drink and Be Safeí, a new alcohol awareness campaign run by Londonís three emergency services and backed by the Mayor of London and City of London, is encouraging Londoners to keep themselves safe, while also having fun this festive season.

Top tips for a safe night out

Eat before drinking

Book a party somewhere that serves meals or snacks, or make sure you eat before you go out. Food soaks up alcohol, slowing it down on its way into the bloodstream. It will provide more energy, and lessen the effects the next day.

Drink lighter beers

Stronger continental beers are popular, but make for a messy night and a bigger hangover. The difference between a pint of 5% lager, and a 3.5% or 4% one is one unit.

Try pacing and spacing

Having a soft drink or some water between alcohol drinks slows the rate of your drinking.

Drink smaller drinks

A large glass of wine in most bars is equivalent to a third of a bottle!

Keep a check on how much youíre drinking

The NHS change4Life drinks tracker will help you keep track of how much you are drinking and spending

Look after each other

Look after your friends and colleagues and make sure you know how you are getting home at the end of the night

Plan your journey home

Donít leave it to chanceóthink about how youíre going to get home, and who with, before you go out. Make arrangements before you start drinking, and make sure you donít get left to walk home alone.

Book your taxi

Have the number for a reputable taxi company in your area saved on your phone and book in advance. Share the fare and share a cab with a colleague or friend who lives close by. For more information, use Cabwise and text HOME to 60835 for a list of licensed cab numbers.

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