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Keep safe with alcohol

Newquay Safe top tips on how to keep safe while you enjoy yourself in Newquay with alcohol.

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It's safer not to drink - but if you do choose to, make sure you follow our top tips.

  • Remember - there are no safe drinking limits, especially if you are under 18.
  • Remember - buying alcohol for anyone under 18 is illegal; a criminal record seriously affects your career prospects.
  • Plan how you are going to get home at the end of the night and never walk home alone.
  • Stay with your friends and make sure your friends stay with you.
  • Never mix alcohol with any sort of drugs, including painkillers.
  • Drink slowly and have a soft drink occasionally.
  • Don't take risks that you wouldn't if you were sober.
  • Don't binge drink, it can cause liver damage and increase the chance of stroke and memory loss.
  • Try not to mix your drinks, it makes your liver work harder and increases the risk of a hangover.
  • Keep your drink with you all the time and never leave it out of sight.
  • Never accept a drink from a stranger.
  • Know what to do if a friend is unconscious through alcohol:

1. call an ambulance

2. put them in the recovery position

3. keep them warm

4. stay with them

Check out the Drinkaware website for more information about drinking alcohol.

Drinkaware have the following advise for young people and alcohol:
It can sometimes feel like everyone is drinking alcohol, and it’s not uncommon to feel pressure to join in or to feel like you are missing out.  Ultimately the choice is yours but health experts recommend delaying drinking until after 18 if possible, as it can have a negative effect on your brain development. It can be hard to tell your friends you don't want to drink, if that's what they are choosing to do, but you can still have a good night out without alcohol even if you are going out or at a party. They may even wish they had done the same if they wake up not remembering what they’ve done, who they’ve pulled or if they’ve got themselves into some kind of trouble.