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We have all had those nights out that we would rather forget and perhaps ones we do not remember at all. As the new term begins here are some tips on how to have a great night out which will not lead to a bad hangover or worse the next morning:
Make sure you have everything before you leave the house. No one wants to forget their house keys and spend the rest of the night sleeping on the doorstep. Have £15 more than you were planning to spend in case you lose any money during the night or need to get a taxi. Phone numbers are also important; put the number of at least two taxi companies and an emergency contact into your phone.
Do not go too hard at pres
You want to enjoy the night and not struggle through because you had too much to drink in the first hour. No one wants to be the person who gets refused entry and has to go home. Think of all the money you will have wasted on alcohol too.
Arrange a place to meet friends in case you get separated
Keep an eye on friends throughout the night. It can be easy to focus on your own safety and forget about the people around you.
Don’t put drinks down at any point during the night
It only takes a few seconds and one bad person for a drink to be spiked. The drugs used in spiking can lead to liver failure and, in extreme cases, death. It’s not worth the risk.
Make sure you pair alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink at least once every hour and a half, or when you start to feel dehydrated. Also, drink and bring a glass of water with you to bed. This will help to avoid a serious case of dry mouth and a hangover.
Keep a count of what you're drinking
It can be easy to down shots and buy bottles without realising how much you have already had. Mixing drinks can be a recipe for a brutal hangover, so keeping track on what, and how much you're drinking. Decide if that extra shot of tequila is really a good idea.
Don’t feel pressured into drinking
If you have had enough, then stop. Everyone has different limits. If new friends begin to tease you, buy a soft drink and pretend it has alcohol in it,
or tell people you are taking antibiotics and cannot have much to drink. Honestly, if you are having to lie to friends to stop them pressuring you into drinking, it might be time to find some new friends.
Ask for help when you need it
If you feel unsafe at any point find a security guard, go to the nearest exit, or tell someone next to you; most strangers will make sure you are alright and get you help. Most clubs, bars, and restaurants use the Angela initiative. If you go to a member of staff and ask for ‘Angela’ they can help you get out and away from anyone. Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash
Take a break from drinking
It is easy to burn out and lose control of work and assignments. Everyone needs the chance to reset. A night in with a takeaway and a movie can sometimes be better than waiting an hour in the cold to get into a club.
FOMO isn’t real
There will always be another night out. Even if it looks like everyone is having the night of their lives on Snapchat the truth is, they probably need a good nights sleep instead. So, take a night to recuperate and go out when fresh and ready for a mad fresher’s night!