Raising Awareness of Drugs and Alcohol

Christmas is traditionally a time to party a little harder, but the downside of excessive drinking is that, at best, you may say something you will regret, at worst, you could be a victim of crime, assaulted, or end up in hospital

To help combat this, the top ten tips for a great time this Christmas with no regrets are:

  1. Space your drinks with soft drinks or water. This will stop you getting too dehydrated, helping avoid a nasty hangover!
  2. Eat before you go out, or include a meal as part of the night.
  3. Plan how to get home. Make sure you have taxi numbers & enough money to get home safely.
  4. Look after each other.  Stay with your friends & look after anyone who has had too much to drink or taken other drugs.
  5. Walk away from signs of trouble – it’s easy to feel provoked but it’s not worth ending up in a police cell or hospital.
  6. Think about sex! If you fancy your chances, make sure you carry condoms.  Getting drunk doesn’t improve your chat up lines, your looks or your sexual performance.  And “taking advantage” of someone who is drunk could lead to a charge of sexual assault or rape.
  7. Beware of the beer goggles effect!  Too much alcohol can affect your judgment & lead to decisions you’ll live to regret!
  8. Don’t get ‘spiked! – don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.
  9. Keep your stuff, drunks are easy targets for thieves and robbers…
  10. Choose freedom from abuse: violent and abusive behaviours may get worse after drinking, if you experience this, think of an escape plan and talk to someone who can help – like the National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hrs. Free phone) 0808 2000 247.

Anyone who feels they may be dependent on alcohol is encouraged to talk to the START team for advice on treatment and support options: call 0161 474 3141 or visit www.healthystockport.co.uk.