Drunk you're an easy target
Did you know that if you drink too much you are more likely to be a victim of crime or get into dangerous situations?
On a typical Friday and Saturday night, three quarters of all accident and emergency attendances are alcohol-related. Almost half of all violent crime is alcohol-related, as are 80 per cent of pedestrian deaths on a Friday and Saturday night. One in three reported rapes happens when the victim is drunk.
If you’re planning a night out, think ahead, stay safe and know your limits:
- Drink sensibly and stay with your friends.
- Plan in advance how you will get home.
- Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.
- If there’s trouble while you’re out, stay well clear of it.
- Avoid walking alone through dark or unsafe areas (men as well as women).
- Keep your belongings with you and your valuables out of sight.
- Don’t drink and drive, and remember you may still be over the limit the morning after a big night out.
There is information on this site about getting home safely after a night out and tips for safer drinking. There is also an explanation of the penalties that could be imposed on you if you break the law – make sure you understand what’s against the law or you could suffer the consequences.