Christmas is here and all around Greater Manchester, villages and towns are buzzing with festive cheer.
December is a great excuse for a night out, whether you’re putting on your glad rags for the work Christmas party, or just meeting up with some friends at your local. Whatever you’re celebrating, here are some tips to help keep you and your friends safe this party season.
Friends stay together.
You know how it is on a night out.....If there are a few of you, people can get split up or lost in the crowd. But stick with your mates and you won’t go far wrong, arrive together and leave together.
Pace your drinks.
Pace yourself, drink plenty of water and alternate rounds with soft drinks. Sometimes it’s a mad rush getting ready, but try and eat something hearty before you go out to give you extra energy.
Watch your drinks.
Top up your own drinks and never leave your drink unattended. If you’re popping outside for some air, leave your drink with a trusted friend and never accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
Walk away from Trouble.
Be polite. If you accidentally spill someone’s drink or bang into them, then apologise. Walk away from trouble – it’s not worth it. If a friend starts becoming aggressive, calm them down and encourage them to sober up with a few soft drinks.
Plan your journey home.
No one likes waiting about to get home, especially when it’s so cold! Pre-book a taxi or private hire vehicle before going out. Ask them to call your mobile when they arrive.
If you don’t have time to book in advance, try and find out where taxi ranks are and use one staffed by marshalls. They operate a queue so you don’t have to wait as long and there is no chance of an unlicensed cab trying to pick you up.
Avoid walking home alone. If you have no choice, walk in the middle of the pavement, avoid shortcuts.
Avoid unprotected sex.
If you are going to have sex use protection- condoms are the only method of contraception that protect you from STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections). If you want more information about STI’s or emergency contraception, visit the FPA website.To find your nearest clinic, click here.