Drinking safely and minimising risk

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If you’re going to drink, it’s important that you do everything you can to keep yourself and others safe. That’s why we’ve compiled this handy list of tips and advice.

Tips for staying safe

  • Don’t drink alcohol before you drive
  • Drink-driving costs lives. Even the following day, you may still be over the legal limit

Friends and alcohol

There are various ways in which you can help your friends and they can help you when it comes to drinking alcohol safely. These include:

  • taking turns with friends as the designated driver
  • staying over at a friend’s house
  • making or buying non-alcoholic cocktails for friends who are driving

Drugs and alcohol

Mixing alcohol with other drugs can be very dangerous. Learn more about drug overdose and risk.

Why reduce your alcohol intake?

Cutting down your alcohol use can lead to lots of positive changes. You may:

  • feel less tired and more energetic
  • feel happier and experience better moods
  • have a healthier heart and prevent long-term health problems
  • look and feel fitter
  • have better memory and judgment
  • strengthen your immune system and be less prone to illness

Safe steps to reduce the harm of alcohol

There are things you can do to reduce the harm caused by your alcohol use.

  • Make a plan and set yourself a limit for how much you’ll drink and stick to it
  • Set yourself a budget. Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol
  • Explain what you’re doing to friends. If they know you’re trying to cut down they can offer support
  • Have smaller drinks like bottled beer or a small glass of wine
  • If you’re a heavy drinker it can be unsafe to suddenly stop. Try to cut down a little bit each day
  • Have a weaker drink. Swap strong drinks for something with a lower alcohol content
  • Drink plenty of water. Have a pint of water before you drink and don’t use alcohol to quench your thirst
  • Have a couple of alcohol-free days each week

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