We know that drinking can be an enjoyable part of university life, and we want to help you make informed choices when it comes to alcohol.
Our Be A Mate campaign supports you with information on how to be a little more mindful about your own alcohol consumption, as well as showing how you can Be A Mate to your friends.
Supporting one another
Top tips to Be A Mate on a night out and support one another if you or your friends are drinking (including tips from some of our students).
- Try to fix a time to meet up with your other friends. Spending all your time pre-drinking might actually mean you end up drinking much longer into the night.
- Have dinner or eat together with friends before you go out. Eating carbohydrate-rich food in particular may help slow the rate your body absorbs alcohol.
- Agree with your friends on a set time to stop drinking and decide how you will get home.
- Keep any taxi money or bus fare separate from your night out money so you get home safely
Be A Mate Tip: Don’t let a friend overdo it before you do out. Speak to your friend if they seem to be getting ahead of the pace, away from others if you can.
- You should never feel pressured - or pressure others - to join in rounds. You could end up drinking more than you wanted. Keep to your own pace.
- Drink water or soft drinks between alcoholic drinks. Try to agree on ‘water round’ times with your friends (remember you can get free water from the fountains in 3sixty and from any of the Freestyle machines on campus, including in Park Bar).
Be A Mate Tip: Give water to a friend if you think they’ve reached their limit.
- Let your friends know how you are getting home or travel together when you can.
- If you leave before your friends or with someone else, let your friends know who with and where you’re going.
- Don’t let a friend take an unlit path when walking after dark.
Be A Mate Tip: When your night comes to an end, stick with a friend.
Visit our alcohol support page for further advice.