Party Time???!!!

7 December 2018 Posted by

As we rush through December, with the decorations up, and all the Christmas shopping dilemmas becoming far too urgent, we also land in Christmas Party time!

This is obviously a moment to enjoy celebrating with your friends, family and colleagues, and to let off some end of year steam.

However, all of this comes with some issues to be aware of …

In a crowded bar or house, where it’s loud and you don’t know everyone, it becomes even more important than usual to keep your eyes on your drink, and stay alert to your own safety.

So firstly, we’d like to remind you about advice we gave out recently around spiking, how to stay safe, and what to do as soon as you think someone’s drink has been spiked.

Tips on keeping yourself safe from spiking can be found by clicking here

And more advice about how to stay alert and how trespond can be found here

All of this is summarised in this helpful ‘What Will Your Drink Cost?’ leaflet.

If you’re drinking from a bottle, ask the bar staff if they have any spikies, which make it impossible for someone to tamper with your drink.

(See more info at the end of this page.)


Secondly, plan your journey home before you go out.

Pre-book a Taxi?

Or agree a driver for the evening?

If it’s your turn to be the designated driver, make sure your passengers know that your soft drinks are on them for the night, but remember that you can also make use of the supply of free water the bar can give you. (Just add ice, a straw, a slice of lime, and accessorise to make that water go incognito – if that’s an issue for you.) 

Remember that your body processes alcohol at about 1 unit per hour, so if you drink 5 Pints, it will take you over 12 hours to be under the drink driving limit.


Thirdly, know your own limits with alcohol and don’t imagine that you gain a December Drinking SuperPower that means that you can withstand any unknown exotic combination of mysteriously unpronounceable drinks!

Respect your body – including your head the next day – and stick to normal amounts of what you are used to.

You’ll thank yourself tomorrow!


Fourthly, if people around you get too lively in the wrong way, consider your own safety before trying to become the UN peacekeeping force.

Generally, reasoning with drunk strangers is more likely to get you into trouble than get them out of it.

Walk Away!

Finally, here’s a full sheet of tips for a Safe Night Out

If you find yourself needing advice or support for an alcohol issue for yourself or someone you know, call:

Addaction Cornwall, on 0333 2000 325


And here’s a reminder of the recommended safe alcohol levels.

Your body still works this way in the festive season!

And above all, have a Great Time!!!

Weekly Alcohol Guidelines

 

Additional advice on responding to spiking incidents:

Report anything you think has happened to The Police or the Cornwall Sexual Violence Helpline as soon as you can.

The Police or a Doctor will need to take blood and urine samples. Most drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken, but some can be gone in 12 hours so it’s important to be tested as soon as possible.

If you have been sexually assaulted, even if you are too upset to report it to the police immediately, you should try to seek medical assistance if you have been hurt or injured. Any forensic evidence obtained during tests can be stored.

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-community/drugs-and-alcohol/alcohol/drink-spiking/

If you begin to feel really drunk after only a couple of drinks, get help from a trusted friend or a member of staff from the club or pub management.

Stay away from situations that you do not feel comfortable with.

Remember that alcohol can affect your actions and reactions as well as reduce your ability to be alert.

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-personal-safety/staying-safe-while-out-for-the-night/

Who to call for help:

Police:

If you are in danger, please dial 999 immediately or 101 in a non-emergency.

If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by dialling 55.

Cornwall Sexual Violence Helpline: 0300 777 4777

More advice from the NHS:
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drink-spiking-and-date-rape-drugs/

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