How to use safely
‘top tips for staying safe’
If you are planning to drink or use drugs try to stay safe.
Start low and go slow – pace yourself when drinking alcohol to minimise the risk of overdose.
Avoid mixing drugs and alcohol – mixing drugs and alcohol can have unpredictable side effects and put additional strain on you organs.
Know what you are taking – make sure you know the dose and possible side effects of drugs before taking them.
Make sure someone is there to look out for you – if you are using alone, tell someone where you are and what you are doing, or make sure you have a friend who isn’t drinking or using drugs if you are using in a group. It will mean someone can help if it goes wrong.
Keep hydrated – aim to sip a pint of water over an hour, particularly if you are dancing.
Protect yourself – if someone you don’t know well is offering you free drink or drugs, ask yourself what they might want in return. Know the risks and how to stay safe.
Different types of drugs have different effects, with some waking you up and making you want to party with friends (Simulants) and others relaxing you or making you forget things (Depressants). This means that some people may turn to drugs or alcohol to make them feel better or to block out stressful or difficult memories. If you use drink or drugs to deal with difficult situations or emotions, it’s likely to be (or become) a problem that could seriously affect your life.
Drinking occasionally at high levels can be just as risky as day to day drinking, because your body (particularly the liver) struggles to break down large amounts of alcohol. Researchers define binge drinking as consuming 8+ units in a single session for men and 6+ for women.