Enjoy the celebrations & look out for each other!
You've just got your exam results and you're planning on heading out tonight. The chances are that alcohol may play a part in your night, and even if you're not drinking, some of your friends might be. So it’s important to remember to drink responsibly and know what to do if things get out of hand.
Keep in mind that if you are feeling down about your results, then alcohol might not be a good idea. Alcohol is a depressant and may add to your feelings of lowness or make you a tad emotional. Going out might be the last thing you feel like doing so don't feel pressured into anything. But if you do drink, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Pace yourself. Not everyone will be drinking on exam results night and you shouldn’t feel pressured into it just because your friends are. But if you do decide to consume alcohol, don’t mix your drinks. It’ll only increase the chances of you getting more drunk and sick the morning after.
- Know your limits. And ladies remember, unfortunately, you can’t drink as much as the menz. That's not us being sexist - but is down to the the differences in our body types.
- Try to avoid pre-drinking or giving in to cheap drink promotions, it generally never ends well. See our article on hangovers!
- Get some grub before you head out. A substantial meal will stop you from getting overly drunk and keep you on the dance floor for longer.
- If you feel yourself getting drunk, try taking a break or slowing down your drinking. A glass of water in between beverages is a good idea.
My friend is drunk/high
- If your friend starts to slur words, is not so steady on their feet, or talking loudly, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on them.
- Don’t let them stumble off on their own, if they’re reluctant to leave the pub or club, head for the dance floor and keep them away from the bar
- You could also suggest going for food and try to sober them up that way or get some air. If they are in a serious state of drunkenness, no amount of food or air will help so check out our tips here for dealing with drunk friends. If they pass out, put them in the recovery position.
- If you bring them home in a taxi, be sure to roll down the window and have the taxi driver be prepared to pull over in case your friend vomits.
- If your friend is high and having a bad reaction to drugs, try to keep them calm and reassure them that the effects will wear off. Bring them somewhere with low lights.
Stay safe on results night
- Don’t accept any drinks from strangers. Try not to leave your drink unattended in general, if you have to go to the bathroom, make sure a friend is there.
- If you’re getting a taxi home, make sure you set aside enough for the fare home.
- Let your parents know where you might be, in case of emergencies and let them know what friends you’ll be heading out with.
- Make sure your phone is topped up in case you get lost or separated from friends. Have a place organised to meet up if you get split up.
- Trust your instincts and if you feel uncomfortable, leave.
Remember that it’s against the law for a young person under 18 to buy alcohol or drink alcohol in a public place.