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Alcohol

People may drink alcohol to make them feel relaxed or confident.

Too much alcohol affects your judgement and your ability to think clearly. When it comes to sex, alcohol may cause you to be more easily influenced or make decisions that you might regret later.

If you are drunk you are more likely to forget to use contraception or to use it incorrectly.

Certain contraceptives, like the pill, do not work properly when taken with alcohol.

If you are drunk, people may find it easier to take advantage of you, making you vulnerable to sexual assault.

You are less likely to say no to sex if your judgment is impaired.

Here are few tips on how to stay safe:

Plan your journey home:

  • Assign a designated driver, who will not drink, or pre-book a taxi to take you home safely.
  • Walking home alone, or accepting lifts from people you do not know, increases the risk of a sexual assault.
  • Watch your drinks:

  • Do not leave your drink unattended and do not accept drinks from people you do not know.
  • Check of the alcohol content of your drink. Different beers, wines and spirits may have different alcohol levels.
  • Only accept alcholic drinks that you have seen being prepared.
  • Do not make any big decisions when drinking:

  • If you are going drinking and plan to have sex on the same night, know what boundaries you feel comfortable with before you start drinking.
  • If you do not feel comfortable, wait.
  • Have an emergency contact:

  • Sometimes things can go wrong. Make sure there is someone you can call if they do.
  • It can be scary to call a parent or carer and admit you are drunk and need help. However, even if seem angry they still want to make sure you are safe.
  • Alcohol and the law:

  • It is against the law for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence or supermarket.
  • It is illegal to buy alcohol in a pub for someone who is not yet 18.
  • Under 5: It is illegal to give an alcoholic drink to a child under 5.
  • Under 14: A person under 14 cannot enter a bar or pub unless it has a Children’s Certificate’.
  • Without this certificate they can only visit parts that do not have an alcohol license. They can also visit areas where alcohol is either sold but not drunk, like a sales point away from the pub), OR drunk but not sold,like a beer garden or family room.
  • 14 or 15: People aged 14-15 can go anywhere in a pub but cannot drink alcohol.
  • 16 or 17: People aged 16 or 17 can buy, or be bought, beer or cider if it is bought to drink with a meal in a place specifically set aside for meals.
  • Over 18: Anyone over 18 can buy and drink alcohol legally in licensed places.

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