Everyone likes to let their hair down during the summer and local common riding season – and enjoy the extra socialising that comes with it.

This summer please play #yourpart by planning ahead and following these sensible top tips which can help you enjoy the festivities whilst keeping you safe.

Always eat before you go out
Alcohol on an empty stomach makes people drunk more quickly.

Try to avoid having drinks before going out
Home measures can be a lot larger which can result in people being drunk by the time they reach the pub, club or bar and may result in them not being allowed in.

Be aware of how many units you are consuming
A large glass of wine can contain 3 units of alcohol. It is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis (this applies to both men and women). This keeps your health risks from drinking to a low level.

Drink at your own pace
Avoid being in a ‘round’. If you are in a round – it tends to go with the person who is drinking the fastest. If you’re not ready for another alcoholic drink then have a soft drink or some water.

Keep an eye on your drinks and don’t leave them unattended

Stop drinking if you start to feel sick, dizzy or unwell

Plan how you’re going to get home before you go out
I you have had too much to drink, you are at a much greater risk of having an accident, or coming to harm because you are vulnerable, especially if you are alone – so please stick with your friends.

Are you having people round for a drink at home?

Always offer something to eat
Dips and pitta bread or cheese and crackers are good alternatives to salty snacks which make people more thirsty.

Have non-alcoholic drinks available
Make sure they are just as visible as the alcoholic drinks.

Have one person serve drinks, and if possible measure the drinks
People normally pour themselves larger drinks than they would get in a bar or pub, making it hard to keep check on how much alcohol they are consuming.

Further information on calorie and unit content in popular drinks can be found here: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Services/Alcohol/safer-drinking

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking please visit http://www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/badp for more information.

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