There is no way to use drugs 100% safely, so the best option is not to take them at
all! However, if you are going to take drugs:
Know what you're taking: Never take unknown substances, especially from people
you don't know.
Avoid mixing: You should always avoid mixing alcohol with drugs.
Don't rush: If you don’t feel the effects of the drug straight away, don’t
take more. This can lead to accidental overdose.
Ask for help: It's important to be honest about your use - don't avoid asking
for help. Remember, support
services are available.
Know your intake: You should drink no more than 14 units per week/ If you want to keep
track of your alcohol consumption, you can download the MyDrinkAware app.
Alternate & hydrate: Drinking a glass of water between your drinks keeps you
hydrated and reduces your alcohol consumption.
Eat before you drink: When there is food in your stomach before
drinking, alcohol is absorbed more slowly.
You don’t need to drink!: There is no pressure to consume alcohol at any
time during university, and you can enjoy yourself just as much (if not more) whilst sober.
Sex is not something that has to happen on a night out, however it is something that
many students choose to engage in following a night out.
Get Consent: It’s key that before engaging in sexual activity, you understand
consent and the impact alchohol & drugs may have on this.
Stock Up: If you feel you might have sex on your night out, ensure you carry the
safe sex supplies you need which might include lube sachets and condoms - and use them!
Next Steps: Remember to take care of your sexual wellbeing. There are many ways to
get free STI
tests , many of which you can do at home! If you think your safe sex supplies might have
failed, you might also choose to consider the use of emergency contraception, you can find your local
Public Transport: Save bus/train timetables on your phone, and set an alarm on your
phone so you don't miss your last one!
Taxis: Prebook your taxi where possible, and always ensure your taxi is licenced.
get into a vehicle with a stranger. Remember, no journey is ever too short.
Walking: If you have to walk home, don’t go alone, where possible make sure
walk home with the people you went out with. Stick to well-lit main roads and visible walking
routes and always walk so that you’re facing the oncoming traffic. Avoid canals and bodies of
Track your journey: Use your smartphone to share your location with a friend or family
member. Be aware of your surroundings, wearing headphones or talking on the phone reduces your
awareness of what’s going on around you.
Take what you need: Only take what you need with you, and avoid taking lots of valuables
or large amounts of cash with you.
Plan your journey home: Plan how you're getting home and remember to prebook travel
where you can.
Let others know your plan: Make sure you let other people know what your plan is for the
evening, you might consider letting people know what time you plan to be home, and where you're
likely to visit.
Prep is EVERYTHING: Appoint a place wherever you are to meet your friends if you get
Stay together: If you are socialising with other people, make sure you stay together
where you can and ensure no one is left on their own.
Be an active bystander: Watch out for the safety of others. If you see someone in
trouble, consider alerting people who can help, and if safe to do so, ask the person if they are
Keep in touch: If you plan on going somewhere else or going home, let everyone
know that you came with. Make sure you all have each other’s numbers/WhatsApp group so
that you can find each other and keep in touch.