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The Dangers and My Experiences of ‘Sleeping It Off’

Looking after ourselves and our friends should be our top priority on a night out, but not many people recognise the dangers of ‘sleeping it off’. Here Georgia writes about her own experiences.

My relationship with alcohol

When I turned 18, I was out in Leeds nearly every weekend, and nearly every weekend was the same story. I have come to realise that I hate the feeling of being drunk, particularly because I like to feel in control of my body and when I am not it makes me super anxious. So, whenever I could feel myself heading into the ‘blackout drunk’ stage I would take myself home to my safe, warm, and cosy bed, yet it wasn’t as safe as it seemed.

 

Throughout the past few years, I have thrown up in my sleep countless times, with no memory of it occurring. Although I knew the dangers of this and was fully aware that I could choke in my sleep and potentially die, there were so many times when I had gone to sleep feeling somewhat fine, so I could not understand why it was happening so frequently.

Binge drinking and alcohol overdose

Despite the frequent occurrence of what I now understand was alcohol overdose, I continued to drink excessive amounts in a short space of time. It’s also cost me a small fortune having to constantly replace duvets, bedding, pillows etc.

 

Before I share with you what I know now and how you can prevent this from happening, I want to highlight my most worrying experience of alcohol overdose which was during a girl’s holiday in Zante. As you’re probably aware, these kinds of holidays are centred around excessive drinking, and drinking to ‘get drunk’.

 

One night we paid for a 3-hour unlimited bar, and of course I wanted to get my monies worth. After the 3 hours were up we went to the next club and I knew I was on the verge of blacking out, so it was time for me to go to bed and ‘sleep it off’. My friend kindly walked me back to the hotel and the next thing I remember was waking up very confused and seeing sick on the floor.

 

Pretty much every time this has happened I have still been drunk when I’ve woke up, so I’ve somehow managed to find light in the situation and laugh it off. I guess it’s one of those things where if you don’t laugh you’ll cry.

 

Anyway, after having a conversation with one of my friends (who usually stayed out until the early hours) she told me she came back to the hotel not long after me, and for some reason got a taxi home (it was only a 15-minute walk). This friend was also staying in a different room to me and for some reason she didn’t have her room key, she had my second one.

 

She said she could hear me choking from outside the room, and when she opened the door she saw me laid on my back, foaming at the mouth and choking on my sick. Luckily, she was there to turn me onto my side, so I could throw up all the pasta I had eaten a few hours before, and considering the strange coincidences, I’m lucky to be alive to tell the tale.

 

You’d think this would’ve stopped me from binge drinking again, but it didn’t. Since then, I have unknowingly thrown up in my sleep multiple times, but after gaining an interest in reading books on alcohol and experiencing life in lockdown without these kinds of nights out, I’ve become more aware of the causes and effects of alcohol overdose, and I’ve realised how good life is to feel ‘fresh’ every day. I will never allow myself to get into those states again.

The Causes

Even after you’ve finished drinking your last drink, your alcohol levels continue to rise. There have clearly been many times when I’ve gone home feeling relatively stable, yet unaware that my alcohol levels are rising, causing me to ‘blackout’ in my sleep. Alcohol also hinders the signals in your brain that trigger your gag reflexes, and this can be fatal for obvious reasons.

 

If you know you have a ‘low tolerance’ to alcohol, then make it known to the people you’re drinking with.

 

Your age, gender, weight, height, medication, and food intake are just a few of the factors that impact your tolerance levels. So, as a 5 ft 1 women weighing just over 100 pounds, my tolerance to alcohol is understandably going to be much lower than your average persons, and this is something I would encourage you to consider when trying to ‘keep up’ with your peers.

 

How to keep you and your friends safe

 

I’ve always felt that people would perceive me as ‘boring’ if I didn’t drink. If you want to wake up in the morning with no regrets that doesn’t make you boring, just sensible, and more people need to realise this.

 

Even though alcohol is a poisonous drug, people advise us to get to know our limits, but we all have different tolerances to alcohol and our ‘limit’ is dependent on so many factors, making it difficult to do so. So, try not to bow down to the pressure of having to keep up with everyone else and instead keep it steady.

 

Reducing your alcohol consumption is an effective form of self-care, it improves everything from our finances to our physical and mental health.

 

Whilst waking up to find yourself in a pool of your own sick is most definitely the least glamorous part of a night out, it could also be the most dangerous.

 

Be aware of the risks, take it steady, live in the moment, make memories, and look after yourself and others.

Top Tips For A Night with No Regrets

Meet some of our volunteers and hear what their tips are to have a night with no regrets and a great next day.

 

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How to #FeelFine in Lockdown Without Drinking

Lockdown is tough and it’s only made tougher by the hangover the day after the night before. But you don’t have to spend your nights drinking with mates over Zoom or stuck in the house drinking out of boredom. Why not try out some new things to pass the time and have you feeling fine?

 

Keep up to date with Tik Tok

Whether it’s a sea shanty or the Junebug challenge, Tik Tok has plenty of videos to watch and challenges to join in on

Up cycle your old clothes

The shops are closed and you’re fed up of couriers leaving your parcels in your bin. Why not raid your wardrobe for the clothes you haven’t worn in a while and show off your masterpieces on Instagram.

Learn to play an instrument

Always wanted to play guitar but been putting it off? Now is as good a time as any to take on that challenge.

Host your own Come Dine With Me/ Bake Off challenge

Lockdown and drinking less may be hard but don’t let it stop you from indulging in the finest food and desserts. Why not get your housemates involved and enjoy the 3 course meals?

Brush the dust off of some old games

They may not have been used since you were ten but board games can be a fun way to pass time and be sociable. Failing the board games whip out Cards Against Humanity. There’s even an online version to play with the pals you can’t meet right now.

Create a wanderlust Pinterest board

We can’t travel yet but one day you can tick off some countries from your ultimate travel goals. No harm in daydreaming.

Get Moving

You may need yoga to distress or you may want to take up running to get out of the house. Whatever it is, get moving and feel them endorphins.

Have a House Series Night

Select a night and take it in turns to choose which series to watch as a house. Whether it’s Brooklyn 999, Superstore or the latest murder documentary.

 

And Relax

Now’s your chance to finally read that book you’ve been meaning to, get your favourite bath bomb, face mask and relax in the bath.

 

Let us know what you do to keep occupied in lockdown and don’t forget to tag us @NoRegretsLeeds and include #FeelingFine if you try any of these out.

21 Reasons To Cut Down Your Drinking In 2021

Maybe after 2020 you’re thinking of having a strong start to 2021 by doing Dry January? Here are some perks that could help seal the deal…

  1. Better sleep
    Get used to having a solid 8 hours kip every night and wake up feeling as fresh as the day you were born. The dream.
  2. Spot-free skin
    Bid farewell to spots, eczema and dryness and enjoy healthy, hydrated skin.
  3. Drop some lbs
    Clothes feeling tighter than you’d like? Cutting down on high calorie drinks like beer and wine can do wonders for your waistline (especially helpful after scoffing your face at Christmas).
  4. More energy
    No more wasted days festering in your bed. Choosing to cut down the bevs will help you kick off the new year with an energy boost.
  5. More focus
    You’ll also find your concentration improves so you can be even more productive than usual.
  6. Get fitter
    Physically, mentally, emotionally… (and just generally look and feel bangin’).
  7. More time to do better stuff
    Having a self-care day, going on a day trip, applying for that dream job. The time you waste necking shots in a shit club could be spent doing more for future you.
  8. More money to spend on the better stuff you decide to do…
    8 quid for a double G&T? You could get a train to Manchester for that.
  9. Make your first impression a good one
    Who wants to be known as ‘the one who chunned on the dancefloor’.
  10. No more horror stories
    Being sick on yourself, texting your ex, flashing someone you shouldn’t…whichever way you embarrass yourself when you’re smashed, you won’t miss the regret it brings the next day.
  11. Better sex
    Always a win…
  12. Pearly whites
    Cutting down on alcohol can do wonders for your teeth too.
  13. Keep your pals onside
    Avoid pissing your friends off with your drunken antics.
  14. Your liver lives to see another day
    Give the poor thing a break, it needs it!
  15. No more hangovers
    Do an N Sync and say bye, bye, bye to feeling like shit the day after a big night.
  16. We repeat, NO MORE HANGOVERS
    Enough said.
  17. A new lease of life
    The post-drinking blues will be a thing of the past.
  18. DMCs you actually remember
    All those heartfelt chats you have with your friends while drinking? Not taking it too far will mean you actually remember them.
  19. No grim one night stands
    No more answering ‘you up?’ texts and hating yourself afterwards.
  20. Make the most of being out of lockdown
    This year has been tough on us all but you can wake up fresh and ready to make the most of it, especially now a COVID vaccine is in sight.
  21. Be the best version of you
    All these will help you on your way to becoming the kickass version of yourself you’ve always wanted to be. And who wouldn’t want to start a new year like that?

Here’s to a better year in 2021
Will you be giving dry January a go?

Better Buys Than Booze: 7 Things you Wish you’d Spent your Money on

Ever woken up after a night out, checked your bank account and then instantly wished you hadn’t? Ever spent hours dwelling on what could have been – the clothes you could’ve bought, that gig you could’ve got tickets to? If only you hadn’t squandered the last of this month’s pay packet on overpriced lager and sickly shots. Sound familiar? Well get ready to dwell a little harder, here’s a look at 7 better things you could have bought…

Not-so-cheap pints or…

You could sink 8 pints or…book an off-peak flight to Barcelona and soak up some winter sun.

 

Mojit-oh no or…

You could fork out for 8 Mojitos in your local bar…or bag yourself an Amazon Echo 2nd Gen Alexa. “Alexa, play Oh Happy Day!”.

 

If you like Pina Coladas…you’ll like this even more

 You could buy a round of Pina Coladas for you and your mate…or treat yourself to a new pair of Old Skool Vans.

 

Bloody (expensive) Mary or…

You could splash your cash on 6 Bloody Marys whilst out on the sesh…or invest in a fitness watch to help you track your workouts.

 

G&Ts or…

You could order 5 double G&Ts when you’re out with the girls…or order that dress you’ve had your eye on for weeks.

 

I think a JagerBOMB just went off in my bank account

You could chin 6 Jagerbombs on a Freshers’ night out…or head out for meal to get know your new housemates properly.

 

Vodka and coke leaving me broke

You could buy 5 vodka and cokes at a beach bar…or get yourself some statement swimwear and turn heads for all the right reasons!

 

Will you spend smarter on your next night out?

Leave the Mixing to the DJ: How to Party Properly this Weekend

Every drug is different and the side effects can be unpredictable, particularly when you throw alcohol into the mix too. The smartest decision is to go without, but if you do decide to take drugs, here are some tips to make sure you don’t end up cutting your night short.

Get clued up

Surprise side effects can be more than just trippy – they can be a warning sign for much worse. Think about where your head’s at and if you’re not feeling 100% then it’s a definite no-go.

You might trust your dealer, but that doesn’t mean they know what they’re selling, or what’s in it. So if you’re heading on a big night out this weekend, find out if they’ll have drug safety testing available – that way you’ll know more about what you’re planning on taking. 

Have a game plan

Sounds super obvious, but before you head out, think about how you’ll get home. Make sure you’ve got your money, keys and phone, as well as some taxi numbers saved just in case you have to make a quick getaway.

This goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway – if you’re going to drop, do it with friends. It’s easy to stress out and get lost so make sure you have good people around you and decide on a meet up point just in case. If someone disappears, don’t presume they’ve bailed, find out for sure before you leave.

Oh yeah, and eating definitely isn’t cheating – line your stomach by smashing some food before you head out.

Keep it low and take it slow

Try a small amount and then go slow until you know the deal. Even alcohol can take a while to have an effect, so make sure you pace yourself properly or it won’t just be your dignity at stake.

Keep yourself cool and stay hydrated. Take regular breaks from the dance floor and check in with your friends if you’re feeling rough – who wants to waste their night hugging a toilet bowl?

Leave the mixing to the DJ

Mixing is a risky business. Stay in control and remember that mixing drugs with drink or other drugs can seriously increase the risk of something going wrong. If you want a high, pick one and leave it at that.

Know the warning signs

If you spot your friend suffering from any of these, help them out.

Throwing  up:  As grim as it may be, if your friend’s chucking up, give them some water to sip slowly but avoid food. If they want to sleep, lie them on their side and stay close by.

Paranoia: If they’re freaking out, find them somewhere quiet and safe to sit. Let them know that the feeling will pass but bare with them – it might take a while for them to calm down.

Chest pain: Get a medic and whilst you are waiting, sit them down and try and comfort them.

Fits: Get a medic straight away and clear the area around them so they won’t hurt themselves.

Overheating: Stimulants raise your body temperature, so if you or a friend start overheating, find somewhere safe to sit and ditch the extra layers. Wet some clothing with lukewarm water to cool the forehead and grab a glass to sip slowly.

 If there’s an emergency

  1. Get medical help as fast as you can.
  2. Make sure somebody stays with them.
  3. Medics aren’t there to judge – if you know which drug’s been taken and how much, always tell them so they know how to help. 

Sun, Sex and a Night with No Regrets: Your Guide to a Girls Holiday You’ll Never Forget

Celebrating the end of summer with a much-needed girls holiday? Take time out from browsing ASOS and read our advice for a trip to remember.

Keep it classy

Whether it’s pissing in public, shouting “TAKE YOUR TOP OFF” to a random lad or getting a tacky dolphin tattoo on your ankle – if you wouldn’t do it at home, don’t do it abroad, it’s as simple as that. 

One for the sun worshippers 

Determined to return home with a killer tan? Remember your sun cream. Red marks aren’t chic and who wants to be the ultimate Brit abroad and sport a t-shirt in the pool? Not us.  

Plus, do yourself a favour and give sunbathing a miss if you’re hungover. You’ll be at risk of severe dehydration and even sun stroke, and put yourself out of action for the rest of the holiday.

Stick together

It’s easy to lose your bearings in a new place when you’re sober, let alone after a few drinks, so be sure to stick together when you’re on a night out. Even if one of the girls is really getting on your tits, it’s never a good idea to split up. 

Decide on a meeting point or make sure you have a way of contacting everyone in case you get separated. 

Watch out for the sleaze

You want us to come back to your crappy, run down hotel for an ‘after party’ with you and your gross mates? We’re good thanks hun x.  

Keep an eye on your drink 

As we’ve said above, there are some creeps out there and it’s easy to get too trusting after a couple of margaritas. Stay safe and never leave your drink unattended or accept one from a stranger, regardless of how nice they may seem. 

Free pouring

You might know your limits at home but that won’t necessarily apply when you’re away. Foreign bars and clubs tend to free-pour spirits so one G&T abroad could feel like three from your local. Pace yourself properly to avoid writing off the next day.

Dodgy alcohol 

Counterfeit alcohol is also more common abroad, particularly in Asia. This is fake alcohol that has been produced illegally, which usually means it’s been cut with loads of other substances such as nail varnish remover and cleaning products – ew. It goes without saying, but drinking dodgy booze is really dangerous and can cause issues like dizziness, liver problems and even blindness.

If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you buy your booze from legit bars and shops and remember, if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

‘I AM POSSIBLY MIT BEBE’ 

Your pals might tell you that ‘what happens in Maga stays in Maga’ but if you’re not careful, you could end up reenacting that scene from Bridget Jones in a foreign pharmacy. If you fancy a holiday romance, do yourself a favour and protect yourself against any unwanted surprises. 

Will you be keeping the girls in check this holiday? 

 

Your No Regrets Guide to Leeds Beer Fest 2019

Leeds welcomes brewers from around the world as the Leeds International Beer Festival returns to the Town Hall for its 8th year. The annual 4-day beer extravaganza, in the heart of the city, celebrates craft beer, showcasing the best in modern and traditional beer styles, brewed both in the UK and overseas.

With so many tasty beers to choose from it’s not hard to have a few too many too soon and miss out on some of LIBF’s best kept secrets. Here are some tips to help you squeeze the most out of this year’s festival.

Low ABVs are on the up

In the past, the choice of low abv (low alcohol) beers was limited to warm, dusty bottles of Becks Blue, usually accompanied by words of contempt and looks of disgust from your drinking buddies. Well, the modern world of craft beer is changing that, with a surge of breweries trying their hand at making some beers that are low on ABV but BIG on flavour. 2019 has seen the comeback of Victorian Table Beers (ooh err), Radlers (tasty beer and fruit juice mixes) and the introduction of session/small pales and IPAs. Often weighing in at below 3.6%, this mix of low ABV beers can provide a refreshing break between the stronger stuff, keeping you on top form throughout the session.

Here’s a few of the low ABV beers on offer this year:

Share the experience

The best thing about beer festivals? The huge range of ‘out there’ beers to choose from, including some that you’ll never find at your local pub or bottle shop. They’re often high strength special brews, barrel-aged for big bold flavours, with a hefty ABV to match. If you spot a beer with the words BA, Imperial, DIPA, TIPA, Barley Wine be prepared for anything from 8% to 16% ABV.

One of these is essentially the same as a pint of strong wine, so share the love and share a third with friends. Get a couple of different ones and swap after a few sips. This way you can experience more without breaking the bank.

Food!

Street food is to beer festivals as Mo Salah is to Sadio Mane, both brilliant in their own right, but damn, they’re good when they’re together. When it comes to street food, LIBF doesn’t disappoint – from Indian delights brought to you by Leeds legends Bundobust, to Korean bao buns from Little Bao Boy and not to be missed Cadillac Jack’s classic burger and fries combo.

If you’re partial to a mixed-meat kebab, give Döner Summer’s delicious Berlin döner a try – a vegan upgrade to the end-of-the-night favourite. If it’s cheesy chips you’re after, head to Blue Caribou Canteen for their authentic French-Canadian poutine.

There’s a beer for everyone, and a dish to go with it. Getting your fill will mean you don’t peak too early so you can enjoy the festival right ‘til the end.

Go exploring

Once you’ve swapped your tokens for that first cold beer, it’s time to check out all that LIBF has to offer. Check out the live music on offer and, head to the tipi on Friday and Saturday night, keep your ears open for a performance from Leeds DIY legends COWTOWN.

For pub quizzes, descend to the crypt below the town hall, and for an experience to remember, the old school jail cells will be unlocked throughout the festival, offering probably the strangest setting to enjoy a pint in Leeds.

All beer-ed out? Head to Cardiff brewers Tiny Rebel’s arcade room and get your fill of free-to-play arcade games. Be sure to pay the glass washroom a visit – it might not sound like the go-to destination for beer-related fun, but the glass washroom offers loads of seating and unlimited tap water. Switch the odd beer for a pint of water and finish this year’s festival with no regrets.

Sun, Sex and a Night with No Regrets: Your Guide to an Unforgettable Lads Holiday

Heading on a lads holiday this month? Follow these tips and return regret-free.

Don’t get pissed on the plane

Normally you’d never be able to stomach a pint at 7am but you force yourself to order one at the airport because “we’re on holiday”. If this sounds familiar do yourself a favour and leave it at one – you don’t want to rack up regrets before you’ve even landed. Being drunk on a flight is illegal and could result in a two-year jail sentence – yep, you read right. Plus do you really want to be the most hated people on the plane? 

Drink! (and not just booze)

With the music blasting and countless drinks free-flowing from the poolside bar it can be easy to lose track of time – but being out in the blazing sun all day can seriously affect your health. Hot weather causes dehydration anyway, but add alcohol to the mix and you’ve got a pretty nasty combination. 

Avoid sunstroke by alternating your alcohol for water or other soft drinks and switch up the sunbed for a shady patch when you can. 

Safety in numbers

It’s easy to lose your bearings in a new place when you’re sober, let alone after a few pints. Stick together when you’re out and make sure you’ve got a meeting point or a way of contacting your mates if you do notice someone’s missing. There’s nothing worse than spending the whole time scanning the crowds instead of enjoying your night.

Free pouring

You might know your limits at home but that won’t necessarily apply when you’re away. Foreign bars and clubs tend to free-pour spirits so one drink abroad could feel like three from your local. Pace yourself properly to avoid writing off the next day.

Dodgy alcohol 

Counterfeit alcohol is also more common abroad, particularly in Asia. This is fake alcohol that has been produced illegally which usually means it’s been cut with loads of other substances such as nail varnish remover and cleaning products – lovely stuff. It goes without saying, but drinking dodgy booze is really dangerous and can cause issues like dizziness, liver problems and even blindness to name a few! 

If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you buy your booze from legit bars and shops and remember, if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

An unwanted souvenir

It might seem like a great idea after a few pints, but is being dubbed ‘an absolute lad’ worth the shame (and excruciating itchiness) of catching an STI? We doubt it. Battle your beer goggles, but if you do decide to go there, be smart and wrap it up. 

Think of future you

Whether it’s going home with that shot girl, ordering another fish bowl or getting ‘IBIZA 2K19’ tattooed on your arse, remember that just because you made that decision abroad doesn’t mean it won’t come back to haunt you. Think of future you and head home regret-free.

Will you look out for the lads this holiday?

 

Day Drinking: How to Do it Right

Throwing up in a drain at 2pm – not a good look. Here are some tips on how to do day drinking right.

Eat 

It’s easy to get carried away and forget to eat, but drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Arrange to meet for a bite beforehand and avoid having to make an early exit before the party’s even started. 

Sack off the shots

C’mon people, if there’s ever a time for shots, 1pm is not it. Necking a few before the bar gets busy might seem like a great idea at the time but you’ll regret it when you miss brunch because they’ve made a reappearance in the toilet bowl. Do yourself a favour, swap a sambuca for a cider and enjoy a vom-free day.

Start early, finish early

The best thing about starting early? Finishing early. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can start drinking at midday and still last until 3am the next day – it’s just not going to happen. Quit while you’re ahead and call it a day before things get messy.

Entry into Backroom after midnight = £7. Heading home knowing you’ll still get a solid 9 hours sleep = priceless.

Watch the sun

It’s hard to imagine a hot day without a pint of lager or a pitcher of Pimm’s in hand, but if you’re not careful, alcohol and the sun can be a dangerous combination. To avoid dehydration and heat stroke, alternate your alcohol with soft drinks and the sun for some sweet shade. 

Pace yourself with a pint mocktail

Need to slow down but don’t want to be branded ‘boring’? Switch tap water for a pint mocktail between drinks and wake up feeling fresh.

Keep it classy

We know the drill. Just a couple of hours ago you were boomerang-ing the hell out of a glass of prosecco, now you’re walking barefoot through town with a Maccies in your hand and mascara down your face. The rest of Leeds are judging you hard. 

Keep it classy this weekend by pacing yourself properly and head home looking as good as when you left. 

Think of Vera

Think of how annoying your mate is when they’re smashed and you’re not. Now imagine there are ten of that irritating person and they’ve been plonked on the table across from you at a civilised family lunch. Picturing it? That’s how 70 year old Vera feels. All she wanted was to enjoy an afternoon in the sun but she’s fighting to be heard over the sound of “DOWN IT FRESHAAAAH!”. Think of Vera next time you head out.

Think you’ll take these tips on board next time you day drink?

 

How to Survive a Festival

Heading to Leeds Fest this year? Whether it’s your first time in a field or you’re a seasoned festival goer, knowing what to do (and what not to) can make or break your weekend. Here are some tips on how to make it one to remember.

Pack wisely

Packing enough alcohol to sink a small ship might seem like a great idea at the time, but you’ll no doubt regret the decision when you realise how far you have to carry it. Pack wisely and remember the essentials: a portable charger, anti bac, dry shampoo, a water bottle, factor 30. Not forgetting snacks for the weekend and a money belt or bum bag for your cash and phone. Your future self is guaranteed to thank you for switching that extra bottle of vodka for Berocca and a loo roll.

Stick together

Ah, the classic festival dilemma. Some of your group are desperate to stick to the main stage all weekend, whereas the other half are keen to explore. To play it safe, stick together. But, if you can’t find a plan that suits all, make sure your phone’s got juice (hello handy portable charger you packed earlier) and decide on a meeting point before you part ways. You can’t always bank on having signal and there’s nothing worse than getting lost and wandering around on your own.

Dodge a hangover

Hangovers in tents are the worst – fact. If you’re starting early, opt for a drink with a lower percentage of alcohol (think lager, cider, VKs) and go from there. That way you’ll avoid peaking too early and landing that unwelcome midday hangover. You don’t want to miss your favourite band because you took it too far…

Speaking of festival stamina, it’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re standing in a sunny field for three days. Sipping water between drinks will help you keep a clear head and party for longer. Plus, that way you’ll wake up feeling fresh and ready to do it all over again.

Beware of beer goggles

Alcohol and other drugs can seriously cloud your judgement. In any other situation you wouldn’t dream of going there with an unwashed stranger, but after a few drinks you’re more than happy to get jiggy with Steve the ‘part time DJ’. Avoid morning regret by listening to your gut and stick with your friends instead. If your inhibitions do win, make a point of letting your friends know where you’re going and who you’re going with.

Don’t mix

Mixing substances is never a good idea, as it increases the risk of something going wrong. Whether it’s different drinks, alcohol with drugs or drugs with other drugs – whatever combination, they’re all a recipe for disaster.

Giving drugs a miss is always the smartest decision but if you do decide you want a high, make sure you get clued up before you take anything. For more info on drugs, click here.

Keep an eye on your drink

Sadly, even if you’ve decided against drugs, there’s still a chance someone could drop something in your drink without you realising. Never leave your drink unattended or accept one from a stranger. If you can, put your hand over your pint when you’re moving through crowds.

If you sense trouble…

If you notice someone throwing up or passed out, put them on their side and alert security asap so they can help.

If you start to feel weird or unwell yourself, tell your friends and head straight to the medical or welfare teams for help. If you’ve taken something, always be honest about what and how much – the staff aren’t there to judge but knowing the full story will help them treat you.

Will you keep these in mind next time you head to a festival?

7 Ways to Save Without Skimping this Summer

Spending cash at the rate of a wealthy Wall Street broker? Lost count of how many times you’ve asked yourself, “Why am I so poor?”? Well you’re in luck! Here are 7 ways to save without skimping this summer.

Eat at home

It’s summer, the sun is shining, and the beer garden is calling your name, so it’s easy to be tempted into a full day out. Sounds great in theory, but in reality, that means three whole meals to fork out for – plus, let’s face it, a load of drinks too. Save your cash by opting to eat at home and head out later or invite your friends over for food at your place.

Switch contactless for cash

Contactless might be convenient, but it’s also the devil. We all do it – you have a few drinks and all of the sudden you get tap happy, paying for things left, right and centre (because using your card isn’t real money right?). How we wish that was true. Swinging by an ATM before you head out and leaving you card at home is a great way of setting yourself a budget and keeping track of what you’re spending.

Think about your drink – and avoid rounds!

If you’re planning on drinking, choose your tipple wisely. Cocktails are overpriced, pitchers are mostly ice and rounds are seriously damaging to your bank account; it can be easy to get roped in, but that often leaves you paying for your friends’ drinks even when you’ve had enough. If you’re going for a spirit, swap your usual double for a single measure and only pay for yourself. This way, you’re taking control of what you’re spending (and drinking) and can easily duck out when it’s time to head home.

Drink more water

Water is your friend, particularly if you’re out in the summer sun. Anywhere that serves alcohol is legally obliged to give you tap water. In fact, a lot of bars in Leeds have a jug on the side so you can help yourself. Water not only helps you sober up if you’ve had too many but also fills your stomach, leaving less room for pricey drinks. And the best part? It’s free.

Try a free activity

From free gigs, to a scenic picnic in the park, there are tonnes of free things to do in Leeds – especially during the summer months. Why not switch your usual weekend plans for something a little different and save your cash while you’re at it?

Split the Uber

The taxi ride home is a night out expense that’s often overlooked. When it’s time to leave, avoid being out of pocket by arranging to get a taxi back with friends. This way you can split the cost* and make sure everyone gets home safe.

*Please note: A lot of taxi apps have a split fare function, so you can easily avoid the classic “I’ll buy you a drink next time” crap.

Know when to call it a day (or night)

Whether it’s a day trip, casual drinks with friends or a full blown night out, knowing when to leave is a skill, but once mastered it can help you save a heck of a lot of cash. When things start to wind down, use this as your cue to leave, not buy another round. You’re bank account and future self will thank you for it.

 

Will you be trying these tips to help you save cash this summer?

Stories of Drunken States from Unlucky Taxi Drivers: Part 2

Here’s the 2nd installment of taxi driver stories.

Red lipstick

“This group of girls were really drunk and one of them started touching up her make up, but as the car was dark, she accidentally smeared red lipstick all over her face instead of foundation. I didn’t realise until I pulled up to drop them off and all her friends started laughing at her. She was so upset that I ended up driving her straight back home.”

Plastic plant

“A customer I had stole one of those big plastic plants from outside Nando’s after a night out and tried to stuff it into the car with her and her mates. It wouldn’t fit so I had to charge them to cancel their ride and leave them to order another taxi.”

Hungover travels

“I was taking one guy to the station, or so I thought…turns out he was hungover and had slept through his alarm, so I had to drive him to the airport instead. £90, and a lot of stress later, I bet he wished he’d called it a night sooner.”

Car confusion

“I once waited ages outside this house to pick up a customer. When she eventually came outside she was so drunk that she couldn’t work out which car to get in and started running up and down the road trying all the doors of the parked cars. I ended up having to get out and wave at her whilst her friends watched and laughed.”

BBQ sauce

“I was taxiing a group of girls home after their night out and they all had McDonald’s. I said they were find to eat it in the car as long as they were careful and they agreed. When we were about 5 minutes away from their destination the car started to smell really strongly of BBQ sauce. One of the girls had fallen asleep with her food in her hands and there was BBQ sauce all over her coat, in her hair and all over the back seats of my car.”

Halloween havoc

“I picked up 3 passengers on Halloween – they were sat awkwardly in the backseat, huddled together, and there was a strange smell coming off them. It wasn’t until they got out of my car that I realised they’d spilled a bag of fake blood all over themselves, and the back seat smelt like something had crawled back there to die.”

Made a fool of yourself in a taxi more than once? Maybe it’s time to cut down the booze.

Will you make sure you escape with your dignity intact next time you get a taxi home after drinking?

Free Pour Challenge

We challenged 18-25s in Leeds to try and free pour and single and a double shot. Here’s how they got on…

Stories of Drunken States from Unlucky Taxi Drivers: Part 1

We asked taxi drivers across Leeds about their most memorable experience with a drunk passenger. Here are their stories.

City swap

“I got an order from a customer who wanted to go to Manchester after a night out (we were in Leeds). I thought it was strange so I asked him if he’d got it wrong but he said no and told me to take him there, so I did. Halfway there the guy shouted at me to turn around. He’d got so drunk that he’d forgotten he was staying with his mate in Leeds rather than his house in Manchester. There was a surge that night so it cost him £140. He was not happy.”

A s**tty surprise

“This girl got into the back of my car, slurring down the phone to her friend. As soon as she sat down I noticed a disgusting smell so wound all four windows down, trying to work out where it was coming from. It turns out she had got so wasted that she’d s**t herself and what’s even worse…she was in white jeans.”

An unexpected road trip

“I once picked up a guy at 4am from Leeds City Centre. It was obvious he was drunk but he was really chatty and started asking me lots of questions about my life. We were still talking when we reached his destination but instead of getting out, he extended his ride, saying I was a safe guy and he wanted to be my mate and just drive around for a bit. I was fine with this as it put his ride up from £4 to £33 – but I’m sure he wasn’t too pleased the next day when he realised how much he’d spent!”

A handbag to hold

“I picked up this couple once – you could tell they’d had a few but seemed okay until the guy threw up all over himself and his girlfriend’s handbag he was carrying. This resulted in a huge argument between the two of them over the fine and I had to ask them to get out.”

Black out

“I once had to carry a girl up to her flat after she passed out in my car. She put herself in a very dangerous situation and it’s a good job I’m a nice guy or it could have ended very badly.”

 Will you pace yourself to help you get home safe next time you’re on a night out?

6 Alternatives to a Standard Night Out in Leeds

Planning another night out at that crappy club everyone hates? Maybe it’s time to ditch the sickly shots and terrible tunes in favour of something a little different…

  1. Test your strength at City Bloc

 

Try out rock climbing at City Bloc in Hunslet. Complete with a huge climbing wall and yoga studio, this converted warehouse is so much more than meets the eye. Plus they do student discount and are open until 10pm Monday-Thursday. Win, win!

 

  1. Unleash your inner artist with a life drawing class

 

Test your sketching skills at a life drawing class hosted by Leeds Drawing Club. They run a range of evening sessions all year round in Meanwood and Leeds City Centre and provide everything you need to create your masterpiece. All you have to do is try not to laugh when they drop the robe…

 

  1. Have some laughs at HIFI’s comedy night

 

If you can’t be trusted to stay composed at life drawing, maybe HIFI’s Comedy Sessions are more up your street. They run every Saturday, 7pm-10pm with previous acts including Alan Carr, Russell Howard and Katherine Ryan. If you’re looking for a guaranteed good night, this is it.

 

  1. Soak up the big screen at Everyman Cinema

 

With sofa seats and freshly made pizza, Everyman Cinema reinvents the big screen experience. Scrap predrinks in favour of a late-night viewing of a new release.

 

  1. Escape at Tick Tock Unlock

 

Work together, solve puzzles and unravel clues to escape in under 60 minutes at Tick Tock Unlock. Pick your theme: Alice In Wonderland, The Forgotten Tomb – to name just a few, then bring along some mates for an evening of detective work.

 

  1. Reach new heights at Oxygen Freejumping

 

Whether you’re showing off your skills or falling on your arse, a trampoline park is a great use of your Friday night. Oxygen offer loads of sessions, from freejumping slots, to classes with qualified coaches.

 

Have a good night out and a great next day.

 

Will you share these with your friends for a night out you’ll actually remember?

 

5 Drinks Everyone Pretends to Like

You’re in a bar and next thing you know you’re holding a drink you don’t even like. But hey it’s free, right? Wrong…

  1. Jagerbombs

Your friend is smashed and has just bought the rounds, low and behold they hand you a Jagerbomb. You find yourself necking this foul combo to a feeling of instant regret. Next time they offer you this, do yourself a favour and chuck it over your shoulder.

  1. Apple Sours

Whether it’s in a cocktail or a shot, sours have never tasted good. Save yourself a morning hugging the toilet and just say no.

  1. Tequila

A strong contender for the worst shot a friend can suggest – tequila. Your hope for a nicer spirit gets lost in translation and suddenly your biting down on a piece of lime wondering where it all went wrong.

  1. Whisky

The smell itself is enough to make you want to hurl, why do people think JD and coke is a good combination?

  1. Sambuca

The devil takes form in the shape of a sambuca shot, so how did you end up doing three?

 

For help and advice about alcohol, just head to our support section.

Will you lay off the shots in favour of a night you’ll actually remember?

 

Your Night Out Confessions: January

We asked 18-25 year olds in Leeds to share their regretful night out stories. Here’s a few from this month…

Jelly shots

I made jelly shots for my birthday – no one else liked them so I had them all myself before we went out. I was far too drunk and ended up falling under a table on Call Lane, throwing up on my friend’s feet, and was put in a taxi home before midnight. – Anonymous Female, 22.

Tone deaf

I once got really drunk and uploaded multiple videos of myself singing (awfully) on Instagram. Over 300 people saw them, including my mum, and I still shudder thinking about it. – Anonymous Male, 19.

Loo snooze

I got so drunk I once fell asleep on the toilet in a club, only to be woken up by a panicked cleaner and my friends. I’ll never live it down. – Alex, 23.

Sickly shoes

I threw up all over my friend’s shoes after one too many drinks – he wouldn’t speak to me for about a week. – Anonymous Male, 25.

Mixing disaster

I was predrinking with my friends before going out and one of them thought it would be funny to pour gin into the wine I was drinking. I decided to drink it anyway (a really, really bad idea) and spent the rest of the night puking at home whilst the others went out. Although, I didn’t make it to the loo in time…instead I threw up in the sink and spent hours cleaning it the next day. It was without a doubt, one of the most embarrassing nights of my life and my friends will never let me forget it. – Anonymous Female, 23.

Got a booze-fueled horror story to tell? Share yours here.

7 Signs of a Tragic Night Out

Nights out are for letting off steam and having a great time. So why wake up full of regret? If any of these sound like your typical night, it could be time to rethink your Saturday night and cut down the booze.

Predrinks consists of necking drinks nobody likes

You’ve got half an hour until the taxi comes so you down drinks to avoid forking out for them at the club – that’s if you even make it out. Everyone’s focus is on drinking instead of having fun and there’s always that person who goes too far.

 

The club is dead as a dodo

Yeah, you’ve got more room to dance, but what’s a club without other people to dance with?

 

Your friends abandon you. And there’s no hope of finding them

Maybe they’ve pulled a 10, maybe they’re busy throwing up in the toilets. Either way, you won’t know until you’ve escaped the avalanche of drunkards blocking your path. Not ideal.

 

You’re pressured to drink shots you hate

Generally, shots are gross – everybody knows that. Plus they have disastrous consequences for your ability to remember anything the next day. You’ll wake up feeling like death and you didn’t even enjoy your night.

 

Your friend starts being weird in public

Normally talking to strangers is a bit awkward and weird. But with a bit of booze inside them, your mate will be spilling their life story like they’re chatting to Piers Morgan. Cringe.

 

Trying not be sick in the taxi home (and failing)

It doesn’t work. Those shots we mentioned? They now decorate the back seats. And yes, you have to fork out £50 for it.

 

Hating yourself the morning after

You’ll remember the events of the night before for years to come – and for all the wrong reasons. Every regretful decision you made haunts you, especially when you have to relive them repeatedly through your friends’ Insta story. Plus your head hurts. It really, really hurts.

Are your nights out more tragic than magic? If you always wake up regretting the night before then it could be a sign you’re taking drinking too far.

For information and advice, head to our support section.

 

Booze you Lose! 5 Better Ways to Spend your Cash

We all know that feeling of looking at your bank statement the day after a big night out and wanting to curl up into a ball forever. All that money on disgusting shots was deffo not worth it! So here are five better ways to spend your cash…

  1. Have a cosy night in

Having a night in with your pals and a takeaway is a great way to hang out, without breaking the bank. Who wouldn’t wanna get a pizza in and binge on reality TV?

  1. Save up for a summer holiday

Pocket the cash you would have spent on that last round of drinks and save it for a rainy day or a trip away.

  1. Treat yo self

That pair of shoes you’ve walked past again and again but you thought you couldn’t justify buying? Treat. Yo. Self!

  1. Cinema nights

Spend some quality time with your friends – where you can actually hear each other speak! Why not head out for dinner together and catch a film afterwards.

  1. Trying something new

Wanna take up a new hobby? Do it. That new gym you said you’d join? Why not? Spend your cash on something new and exciting, instead of a substandard night out at the same club you always go to.

Worried you’re missing out on life because you’re taking drinking too far? Get information and advice over at our support section.

Will you ditch the club for something better this month?

 

Booze-free Bevs: Pace Yourself with these Easy Mocktails

Need to pace yourself at predrinks? Take a break from the booze with these mouth watering mocktails.

Virgin Mojito

It doesn’t get more classic than a mojito. Ditch the kick for a drink you can enjoy all night and won’t regret the next day.

You’ll need:

Half a glass of lemonade

¼ glass of apple juice

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

Fresh mint leaves

1 lime (half to squeeze, half for wedges)

 (Makes 1 glass, repeat the process for more)

  1. Crush some ice and fill a tall glass.
  2. Grind the sugar and a small bunch of mint leaves into the glass.
  3. Add the apple juice, lemonade, a handful of mint and the lime juice.
  4. Add lime wedges to finish.

Source: BBC Good Food

Fruit Punch

A punchy blend that won’t knock you out.

You’ll need:

100ml of cranberry juice

500ml orange juice

Juice of 1 lime

1 lime (cut into wedges)

1 orange (cut into wedges)

100g of frozen cranberries

Fresh mint

600ml Appletise

(Makes approx. 8 glasses)

  1. Pour 100ml of cranberry juice into a jug and add 500ml of orange juice and the juice of 1 lime.
  2. Smash a portion of frozen cranberries into each glass and add a wedge of orange, a wedge of lime and a bit of mint.
  3. Add the mixed juice.
  4. Top with Appletise.

Source: BBC Good Food

Subtle Berry Spritz

A fresh and delicious taste for drinking at a slower pace.

You’ll need:

500ml of smooth orange juice

500ml cranberry juice

400ml of sparkling elderflower

(Makes approx. 4 glasses)

  1. Mix 500ml of orange and cranberry juice in a jug.
  2. Add 400ml of sparkling elderflower.

Source: BBC Good Food

Will you be trying these before you next head out?

8 Tips for Smarter Seasonal Drinking

Who even likes eggnog anyway…?

Water is a lifesaver

 Don’t underestimate the power of water. Drinking a glass between bevs will help you stay hydrated and in control – no one wants to see your regurgitated turkey dinner. No, really.

Watch the mixing

Although beer, mulled wine and a shot of tequila might have seemed like a greaaat idea at the time, mixing your drinks will leave you feeling less than merry the next day. If you fancy a drink, pick one type of booze to avoid spending Christmas Day nursing a banging headache.

Avoid those sickly shots

‘But it’s Christmas’ won’t save you from feeling rough tomorrow morning. Staying away from sickly shots on a festive night out so you’re not that friend who has to head home before the party has even started.

Feast on Christmas food

 The best thing about Christmas? The food, obviously. Turkey sandwiches, mince pies, pigs in blankets – you name it, everywhere you look they’ll be something to gorge on. Take advantage of the stocked fridge and feast on food to help pace yourself.

But watch out for hidden booze…

Trifles, Christmas pudding, even mince pies…alcohol sneaks its way into anything and everything during the festive season – so don’t get caught out!

Don’t max out the free bar

As tempting as it might be, the office Christmas party is not a competition to see how much free booze you can drink from the open bar. Avoid a Christmas full of regret by not taking it too far.

Don’t drink and drive

If you plan to have a drink, don’t get behind the wheel – it’s as simple as that. Even if you’re not planning on driving that night, remember that you can still be over the limit traveling back home the next day. Don’t be caught out this Christmas, club together and get a taxi or bag a lift with someone who’s not on the booze.

Know when to call it a night

The food has gone, the games have been played and Christmas carols are becoming increasingly hard to stomach – it sounds like it’s time to call it a night. Slowing down as it gets late and knowing when to head home will save you money and a whole lot of regret the next day.

For a regret-free Christmas and New Year, head to our support section.

Will you follow these tips this festive season?

6 Signs Your Friend is Taking Drinking Too Far

Worried your friend is overdoing it on a night out? If any of this sounds familiar, then it could be time to step in.

They couldn’t care less about their responsibilities

Are they lying in bed for hours after a night out, feeling sorry for themselves and complaining that they’ve done nothing with their day? Are they turning up to work mega late, bailing on plans or skipping yet another gym class?

If so, it sounds like booze is taking priority over the important things in life. Try making alcohol-free plans that they can’t get out of and encourage them to take it easy the night before.

They go from 0-100 reeeeal quick

 Whenever you go out they’re determined to drink as much as they can, as fast as they can. They’re known for always being the one who’s on a ‘different level’ to everyone else, but that doesn’t stop them from ordering that third round of shots (that nobody actually wants!)

If their pace is a problem, discourage them from getting that extra drink and order them some water to sip instead.

They drink to ‘escape’

You dread that “I’ve had a bad day at work, let’s get smashed” text – Sam’s beginning to sound like a broken record and your suggestion that drinking isn’t the answer seems increasingly lost in translation.

If this rings a bell, why not invite your pal over for platonic Netflix and chill, order a takeaway in or meet for coffee and cake to chat things through.

The night always ends badly

It’s like you’ve got déjà vu. You spend half your night in the club toilets holding your friend’s hair back whilst they throw up and the other half trying to keep them upright. At first, it was a laugh dragging them out of the taxi to avoid the hefty cleaning fee, but now it’s a standard end to the night.

Encourage them to eat properly before you drink and head home together if you notice them getting out of control.

They’re worrying you

 You know where the night’s heading before it’s even begun. It’s no longer just a one-off, and you forget what it’s like to have a few drinks without thinking, “I never want to end up like they did last night”.

Their memory’s patchy

The morning after the night before. It’s finally time to relive last night’s events. But it turns out your friend blacked out. They can’t remember anything, not even you carrying them to bed at 4 am.

If you’re worried about your friend’s drinking habits, visit our support section to find out how to help.

Will you avoid being that friend next time you’re out?

 

How to Survive your Office Christmas Party

Rarely survive your work Christmas party unscathed? Follow these festive tips for a night to remember (for all the right reasons).

Leave the ‘moves’ for the dancefloor

Maybe you’ve fancied Anna from accounts for months, or perhaps a serious case of beer goggles is clouding your vision. Either way, she’s married with kids and definitely not interested in your cheesy chat up lines and slurred spiel. Save yourself the rejection and keep your thoughts to yourself – future you will thank you for it.

Know when to call it a night

It’s 1am and you’ve got work tomorrow, yet you’d ended up in a rundown karaoke bar witnessing the 7th drunken rendition of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’. Do you head to the ‘after party’ (there are four of you so can you even call it that!?) or head home now and still manage to bag yourself a decent night’s sleep? We know which one we’d choose…

Remember you work with these people

You are going to see these people again*. In fact, you spend a third of your life at work, so do yourself a favour and make sure you can walk in on Monday morning with your head held high.

*Unless you reeeally mess up of course…

Don’t be a laughing stock

There’s nothing worse than walking into the office on Monday morning and everyone’s talking about you. In particular, how you had too much mulled wine and fell asleep on the toilet. Know your limits and enjoy the festive fun without taking it too far.

Don’t call in ‘sick’

Whatever you do, don’t call in ‘sick’ after your work night out. It’s as much use as wrapping a gift in cling film – everyone will see right through it. Do yourself (and your future career) a favour and take it easy so you can smash out the work the next day.

Worried your drinking is getting out of control this festive season? Check out our support section for information and advice.

Will you pace yourself at your office Christmas party?

Career or Beer: Is Drinking Stopping you from Landing your Dream Job?

Worried your drunken antics are messing up life for future you? If any of these sound familiar, you might want to take a look at your life.

Your appearance leaves a lot to be desired

You crawl into work looking far from human and receive some questionable looks from your colleagues. No one is going to take you seriously with that Players stamp on your hand.

You struggle to concentrate

Fried chicken, a litre of Fanta or lying in a cold, dark room – whatever you’re thinking, work couldn’t be further from your mind. If that important meeting has you feeling more queasy than breezy, then it sounds like it’s time to cut down the booze.

Incriminating evidence is EVERYWHERE

You might think what happens in the club, stays in the club – but you couldn’t be more wrong. Thanks to Facebook, your boss sees you strawpedo a bottle of wine and you know how that’s bound to end…

You spend all your cash in clubs

You’re strapped for cash at the end of the month so find yourself bailing on work trips, networking events or socials – missing out on the chance to get yourself out there.

Productivity is at rock bottom

You’ve got applications to fill in and your CV to write, yet you find yourself wasting weekend after weekend nursing a killer hangover.

Does this sound like you? Take a look at our support section for help and advice.

Has this encouraged you to ease off the drinking and focus on work?

5 Ways to Avoid Tomorrow’s Hangover

“I’m really enjoying being hungover” – said no one ever. Have a good night out and a great next day by following these simple steps…

1. Line your stomach

Eating definitely isn’t cheating. Whether you’re having a couple of drinks at home or off on a big night out, having a decent meal before you drink will slow down how quickly you absorb alcohol – helping you to pace yourself. After all, you don’t want to be that friend who ends the night early because they went too far…

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Did you know, dehydration is the main cause of the dreaded hangover headache? Well you do now! Grabbing a glass of water in between drinks will not only help you stay in control of how quickly alcohol affects you, but it also flushes out all the toxins you’re putting into your body when you drink it. The result: spot-free skin and a healthy head.

3. Ditch the mixing

The mixture of different flavourings, additives and sugar can make you sick on the night and leave you feeling pretty worse for wear the next day. If you fancy a drink, pick one type – beer, wine, a spirit and mixer – and stick to it. As tempting as it might be to try one of everything – we’ll put money on you regretting it.

4. Drink on your terms

Out of fear of being labelled ‘boring’, it can be easy to just follow the crowd. Whether it’s downing tequila shots or ordering that last double – don’t fear the FOMO, because the chances are all you’ll miss out on is chucking your guts up the next day.

5. Know when to call it a night

Whether it’s the opening bars of Cotton Eyed Joe or sitting by the sidelines whilst your pal pursues a serious case of beer goggles – you’ll know when it’s time to head home. By listening to your gut and not staying out for the sake of it, you’ll avoid buying those pointless drinks and protect both your head and your wallet.

If you’re struggling to have a night with no regrets, visit our support section for help and advice.

Will you try these tips next time you’re on a night out?

7 Cringeworthy Stages of that Drunk Friend

Everyone has that friend you pretend not to know on a night out. If you can’t think who it is, it’s probably you. Here are the cringeworthy stages to look out for…

1. They get far too rowdy at predrinks

No matter where you are or who you’re with, they’re known for being the loudest one in the room – for all the wrong reasons. Whether that’s telling your mate’s girlfriend to eff off or spilling Jägermeister all over the carpet, they’re always causing a scene.

2. They get naked at every opportunity

They’ll use any excuse to strip off and parade the room, resulting in you seeing far more of your friend than you ever wanted to. Ew.

3. They say something they really shouldn’t

They have one (or five) too many and slur something utterly embarrassing to someone they shouldn’t. You’ll never be able to look them in the eye again.

4. They cry at the slightest inconvenience

The DJ won’t play their favourite song? Cry. No text back? Cry. The takeaway has run out of gravy? Cry again. They receive some questionable looks that make you want to crawl into a corner and die of embarrassment for them.

5. They act like they’re Beyoncé

Drunk in Love or just plain smashed? They embarrass you until the End of Time with their less than Flawless dance moves.

6. They always make an early exit because they’re too drunk

Whether it’s passing out at pres or falling asleep in a club toilet, they’re always forced to leave the party early because they’ve gone too far. They end up missing out on all the fun, but the next day swear “it’ll never happen again”.

7. They vom everywhere

Whether they dive out of the Uber just in time, or fork out 50 quid to clean the seats, the night always ends with their dinner making a reappearance. Pavement pizza anyone? Vile.

Don’t be that friend. If you think your drinking could be getting out of control, take a look at our support section.

Has this convinced you to not be that friend? Let us know below!

Have a Night Out with No Regrets: Sophie’s Advice

20 year old Sophie shares her advice on how to have a great night out without going overboard.

There’s nothing worse than waking up the next day and regretting everything that happened the night before. Lots of people have a great night without drinking, but if you do decide to, here’s my advice on how to enjoy yourself without having those mortifying flashbacks the next day.

1.Eat, eat, eat!

Eating is something I particularly enjoy so I don’t find this step too hard to follow! The best nights I’ve had are the ones where I’ve eaten a decent meal before heading out. Plus, you’ll feel better the next day too. Cook something carby with your mates and make sure you don’t skimp because you want to save money on buying drinks – it’ll end up working against you, trust me. My top tip is to make a big portion of pasta and half it so that I have something easy to eat when I get home, without forking out for a takeaway. Win, win!

2. Listen to the voice in your head

That little voice questioning if you need that third shot of vodka your friend just gave you? Listen to it. Learning to pace yourself and slow down when you need to will help you enjoy your night so much more. Plus it means you won’t have to be ‘the mess’ your friends put in a taxi home at 10pm.

3. If you don’t want to – don’t!

This applies to all aspects of a night out – drink on your terms. You’ll have way more fun if you can relax when you’re out, without feeling the pressure to do what your friends are doing. Learning to say no is a great feeling, and your body, bank account and liver will definitely thank you for it!

Worried you or a friend is taking drinking too far? We can help. Just visit our support section to find out how.

Will you be taking this advice onboard next time you’re heading out?