Before you leave the house
- Remember – No matter how good your intentions, drink can affect your judgment... so be sensible and make these plans before you leave the house.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged and has credit.
- ICE: In case of Emergency, save a number on your phone with the word ICE in front of it so that emergency services know who to contact.
- Plan how you'll be getting home. If possible pre-book and pre-pay a licensed taxi firm.
When you're out
- Always stay with your friends, especially when walking at night or going to a cash machine.
- Never leave your drink unattended and if you decide to accept a drink from someone you don’t know very well always watch your drink being poured at the bar.
- Know your limits and always stay in control. If you start feeling like you may have had one too many, ask for a glass of water instead.
- Security staff may not let people who are already drunk into bars and clubs, so don’t get yourself left out in the street.
- Taxi drivers can refuse to take you home if you're drunk. Don't risk a long walk home.
- Only use a legitimate taxi*. A licensed taxi will have special plates on the front and back, and the driver will be wearing ID.
- If you're walking in the dark, don’t text or talk on the phone as you walk – you won’t know what’s going on around you.
- Look after your friends, especially if they seem drunk. Ensure they do not leave with strangers or try to get home alone.
- Trust your instincts, if you feel you’re in danger change your route and go somewhere you feel safe.
- Even if you are not sure where you’re going, look confident and try not to appear lost. Attitude matters.
- Get into the habit of walking against the direction of oncoming traffic so you can see what's coming.
*For information on private hire taxis and hackney carriages licensed by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council click this link.