Personal Safety on a Night Out
Wednesday, 3rd March 2021
Staying Safe on a Night Out
By looking out for each other and taking some simple precautions, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable night out for you and your friends.
Plan Your Night
- Take your ID, phone and enough money for food and transport
- Make sure you have safe transport to and from the venue before leaving
- Nominate a designated driver if necessary
- Check public transport times before leaving so you don’t have to wait at the platform
- If in Melbourne, consider using the NightRider bus or a taxi
- Tell friends or family where you are going and when you will be home. Keep them updated.
- Drink within your limits
- Eat substantial food before and while drinking
- Drink slowly and drink water throughout the night
- Never mix alcohol and drugs
- If you can’t remember how many drinks you’ve had, it’s time to slow down
- Never drink and drive or get into a car driven by somebody who has been drinking.
- Never accept a drink you haven’t seen the bar staff pour
- Don’t leave drinks unattended and keep an eye on your drinks and your friends’ drinks
- Remember that even soft-drinks can be spiked.
Take Care of Your Friends
- Staying together and looking after one another is one of the best ways to stay safe.
- Stop your friends from getting into fights
- Walk away from dangerous or conflict situations and take your friends with you
- Don’t leave friends alone with somebody they’ve just met
- Recognise when a friend has had too much to drink and encourage them to slow down
- Never leave someone who is drunk or passed out – get them immediate medical help.
One Punch Can Kill
- Do not underestimate the dangers of a single punch
- A single head injury can lead to death or serious brain damage if left untreated
- Call for an ambulance on Triple Zero (000).
If You Feel Unsafe
- Make sure you are not isolated – stay with your friends and head to a well-lit, populated area
- Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.
Source: Neighbourhood Watch