Top tips for staying safe
If you are planning to drink or use drugs try to stay safe.
Start low and go slow
Pace yourself when drinking alcohol to minimise the risk of overdose. Take a small amount of something first to see how it makes you feel.
Avoid mixing drugs and alcohol
Mixing drugs and alcohol can have unpredictable side effects and put additional strain on your organs.
Know what you are taking
Make sure you know the dose and possible side effects of drugs before taking them.
Make sure someone is there to look out for you
If you are using alone, tell someone where you are and what you are doing, or make sure you have a friend who isn’t drinking or using drugs if you are using in a group. It will mean someone can help if it goes wrong.
Aim to sip a pint of water over an hour, particularly if you are dancing.
If someone you don’t know well is offering you free drink or drugs, ask yourself what they might want in return. Know the risks and how to stay safe.
Non-judgmental facts and advice about drugs, legal highs and the side effects to allow you to make the right decisions.The Mix
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