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Don’t let alcohol reign on your parade this weekend!

The bunting is being hung up ready for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend!

But don’t forget to stay safe as you’re out enjoying the fun – take care of yourself and your friends.

 Our top tips for safe celebrating are:

  • Eat before you go out to reduce the impact of alcohol
  • Decide your limit in advance – and stick to it
  • Avoid rounds – round buying often means people drink more
  • Pace yourself – slow down and take smaller sips, choose smaller measures and alternate between alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Know what you’re drinking – stronger drinks or larger pub measures can make keeping track of your intake difficult
  • Go for less alcoholic longer drinks – top up spirits with more mixer, drink spritzers or choose shandy rather than beer
  • Beware of spiking – do not leave your drink unattended
  • Say no to top ups – a repeatedly re-filled glass makes keeping track of your intake difficult
  • Never drink and drive – leave the car at home or make sure you have a designated driver

And to keep yourself safe when you leave the party:

  • Stay with your friends and don’t walk home alone – get a taxi
  • Keep warm – take a coat to avoid freezing whilst waiting in line for a taxi
  • Look after each other – make sure no-one gets isolated from the group particularly if they have been drinking heavily
  • Make sure you carry condoms with you if there’s a chance you might need them

Worried about your own or someone else’s alcohol use? Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/alcohol for information and advice.

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