Don’t be the reason the fun has to stop.
We do not support binge drinking. Our pub crawls are for safe and fun nights out.
Not an excuse to binge drink.
How to pub crawl safely
Here is our top tips on how to have a safe and smart night out. These tips are to ensure that you enjoy every moment of the night and everyone has a great time and stay safe while we drink responsibly.
It really easy to have a great night and stay safe just follow these steps:
- Eat before you go out – What you eat before drinking alcohol can have a huge impact on how you feel at the end of the night — and the next morning. Avoid the hangover eat first Here’s the top foods to eat before going out.
- Charge your phone – At the end of the night you will need a way home or a way to contact a friend in case of an emergency. Always have your phone charged.
- Have a designated driver – This isn’t always an option but its very handy to have. In a pinch you can get home safely and at little to no cost. Draw straws with your friends or take turns and you will have safer and cheaper nights out.
- Stick with the group or a partner – pub crawls are great because your group becomes your family. Stick with the group and stay safe.
- Keep count of your drinks – this is important because being aware of this percentage in your body determines when (at what point during the drinking process) alcohol affects you and is great for moderating next time.
- Stick with one kind of drink – different drinks are absorbed by your body at different rates. Mixing drinks makes it very hard to moderate how much alcohol you have consumed and is a good highway towards the toilet bowl.
- Set yourself a limit per venue – it’s handy to set yourself a limit to how many drinks to have at each venue. That way you can pace yourself to make the entire night without going home early. Also a great way to save $$$.
- Change to a non-alcoholic beverage – speaking of saving money, mix it up and order some non-alcoholic drinks. You still are a part of the party but now you are saving money and looking after yourself.
- Pace your next drinks apart – slowing down your drinking is a good way to drink less, and helps you keep track of how many drinks you’ve had.
- Get home safely – Finish the night by getting yourself home or going home with the designated driver. Drink water at home and get your tickets for the next pub crawl!
Other tips and tricks to save yourself a hangover and from embarrassment include:
- Not eating snacks or food that is high in salt, yes chips are epic when you are drunk but instead get a burger or a kebab. They still have high salt but not nearly as much.
- Drink water between every drink you would be surprised how much this helps out.
- Don’t snooze in the morning, get yourself out of bed when you first wake up and drink a glass of water have a coffee, eat breakfast/lunch and relax for the day until it’s bedtime again.
Guidelines for safe drinking
The guidelines for safe drinking were developed because the immediate effects of intoxication can cause a considerable increased risk of harm and even death. These immediate risks occur because intoxication impairs an individual’s cognition, motor skills and other abilities which usually protect the individual from accidents including falls and motor vehicle crashes. While general guidelines have been developed, it is important to remember that there is no safe limit of alcohol consumption that can be applied to every person as it will affect everyone differently.
The general guidelines for safe drinking are:
- For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury;
- Drinking more than two standard drinks per day increases the lifetime risk of disease and injury;
- At low levels of drinking the risk for men and women is similar, but as levels increase the risk of harm from alcohol increases more significantly for women;
- For healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on any single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion. For example, more than four standard drinks increases risky behaviour and doubles the risk of injury
within the 6 hours after drinking;
- Children under 15 years are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and should not drink alcohol. 15 – 17 year olds should also abstain from alcohol; and
- For pregnant or breastfeeding women, not drinking is the safest option. This also applies to women planning a pregnancy.
What is the connection between alcohol and mental health?
Alcohol can have a major impact on mental health. Because alcohol is a depressant, it slows your body down and changes the chemical makeup in your brain. This has many effects. It can alter:
- energy levels
- sleeping patterns
- memory and many other things.
Alcohol also reduces inhibitions and impacts decision making, which can lead to us making decisions whilst drinking that we would not normally make sober. These can be positive or negative. It is also linked with:
- increases in risky behaviour
- increases in aggression
- self harm and suicide in people who may already be going through a tough time.
Frequent or heavy alcohol use can increase these effects, especially the impact on mood, and the ability to cope with tough times.
People who are experiencing a mental health difficulty may use alcohol to try and manage hard times, or lift their mood. This can be helpful in the short term but may make things much harder to handle in the long run.
Help is out there.
We all need help once in a while just have to have the courage to go looking for it.