WITH the festive party season in full swing from this weekend Tayside Police are hoping revellers enjoy their seasonal celebrations safely.
Pubs, clubs and restaurants will be busy with customers as they relax and enjoy themselves but people can often drink more than they realise.
And now the force are asking people to plan their nights out and ensure that they have organised their trip home and to look out for friends and colleagues.
Officers report they frequently have to assist people who have had too much drink have, become separated from their friends, or who are disorientated.
In many cases problems arise simply because people drink more at this time of the year than they normally do.
And the force have now issued guidelines on how people can enjoy successful and safe night out. They are:
•Have something to eat before you go out. Drinking on an empty stomach causes the alcohol to enter your bloodstream more quickly, meaning you become drunk faster having had less to drink. Have a couple of soft drinks or some water during the evening; it will make you feel better, especially in the morning.
•Plan how you’re getting home. Before you leave the house, arrange to book a taxi home from your night out. Enter a couple of taxi firm’s numbers into your mobile just in case. Remember to take your mobile and make sure it is charged and has credit on it. Try to make sure that someone knows where you are going and who you are with.
•Consider what you are taking with you when you go out. Do you need to carry a large amount of cash and all your bank and credit cards for instance? Just make sure you have enough money for a taxi at the end of the night. It might be a good idea to keep that separate from your other money.
•Stay together. While in the pub or club one of your group should stay at the table to keep an eye on drinks and bags while the others are up dancing or at the toilet. Never leave bags or drinks unattended. Be very careful before accepting a drink from a stranger and if your drink looks or tastes any different leave it and get another one.
•At the end of the night, travel home with a friend or in a group, remember safety in numbers. If you have to walk, make sure you stick to well lit main roads and never accept a lift from a stranger. Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you and avoid confrontation. If there is trouble, walk away.
•Remember that a few drinks can lead you to take risks that you wouldn’t normally – try to stick to your limits and stay in control.