Look out for yourself and your mates
No one wants to plan the perfect night out, only to have it turn into a complete nightmare – but in so many cases, when alcohol’s involved, that’s exactly what happens.
Here are some tips to help you plan a fun and safe night out with your mates if alcohol is involved.
PACE – Take it easy when drinking. Try taking sips or drinking non-alcoholic beverages between each drink. Don’t try and keep up with your mates – everyone handles alcohol differently.
LIMIT – Set limits for yourself and stick to them.
AVOID – Stay away from drinking games, sculling competitions, shouts, and rounds.
NO – Sometimes a simple ‘no’ is all you need to avoid being pressured into doing stuff you don’t want to.
Have a back-up plan if your sober driver is no longer sober.
Have extra cash for a taxi ride home.
Go out with freinds you trust who will look out for you.
Stand up and say "No" to catching a ride with someone you think may have been drinking.
Look after your designated driver – shout them some non-alcoholic drinks or pay for their petrol.
Have something to eat before you start drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach is just asking for trouble.
Keep your phone topped up and check to see if your parents are OK to pick you up if your planned ride home fails.
Check out our wallet card.
There are a lot of up-sides to being the sober driver.
There’s no hangover. You save money. You get to laugh at your mates making idiots of themselves. And everybody loves you for taking care of them and getting them home.
Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Test out some of these tasty non alcoholic drinks next time you're taking one for the team and sober driving...
Black and Tan – Ginger ale, ginger beer
Coconut Cooler – Coconut milk, lime juice, sparkling water
Coffee Cola Cooler – Cola, instant coffee, maple syrup, water
Earthshake – Carrot juice, pineapple juice on the rocks
Canterbury – Cranberry juice and Coca-Cola
Lime Cola – Coca-Cola, lime
Lime Cooler – Lime juice, tonic water
Orange and Tonic – Orange juice, tonic water
Punchless Pina Colada – Coconut cream, lime juice, pineapple juice
Virgin Mary – Lemon juice, pepper, salt, tabasco, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce
Canterbury Sunset – Cranberry juice, orange juice
Rail Splitter – Ginger ale, lemon juice, sugar syrup