Nightlife at university can be amazing, it’s just important to bear a few things in mind so that you can make most out of your nights out.
A large proportion of robberies happen between 10pm and 2am, and thieves often target students in and around pubs and clubs when they’re least expecting it.
Dancing under the Influence
Slurring your words and losing your balance might be tell-tale signs you’ve had too much to drink – but they’re also beacons to criminals and tell-tale signs you’re vulnerable (despite the fact you may feel invincible).
Slow and steady wins the race: fill your stomach with good food before you go out, pace yourself by alternating alcoholic and soft drinks, and know your limits.
There is nothing wrong with saying “no” to a drink and chances are you will save yourself a terrible headache.
It is also important to be vigilant; never leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers. The most prevalent form of drink spiking is with alcohol and drinking lots in a short space of time will likely hit you all at once an hour later.
If you suspect that your or a friend’s drink has been spiked then tell a friend or member of staff.
5 tips for a safe night out
• Remember alcohol is a drug, administer it with dignity and respect.
• Impaired judgement -the majority of violent incidents happen under the influence of alcohol.
• “We hate students” – with alcohol often comes anti-social behaviour, noise and litter which often lead to negative perceptions of students in the media and in communities.
• Open to suggestion – when you’ve had too much to drink, you don’t make the same decisions as you usually do; whether it’s deciding to walk home alone or ringing an ex, you’re more likely to act out of character.
• Less awareness – it’s funny to see a mate acting silly on the dancefloor because they’re less aware of themself. They’re probably equally less aware of their house keys, wallet/purse and mobile phone…