We want people to enjoy themselves this Festive Season, however in partnership with Suffolk Police and other Partners we have produced a number of ‘Staying Safe This Christmas‘ messages. A summary of the main points are below.
Consider your own personal safety
Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you are likely to feel disorientated and you cannot always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is fully charged before going out.
Look After Your Valuables
Unfortunately thefts do happen and they are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.
- If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle
- Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
Moderate your alcohol consumption
The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So be mindful of what and how much you are drinking. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festive season by overdoing it.
- Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
“Think Again before you drink another drop”
- Antisocial Behaviour (ASB): alcohol can make people more aggressive which could lead to possible ASB incidents
- Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
- Drinks Spiking: never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
- Consent: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language
Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation