Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Drug and alcohol experts create guide on safe socialising after lockdown

Ready for the next step on the roadmap out of lockdown, social enterprise Turning Point is launching a guide for a safe summer aimed at Millennials and Gen Z enjoying the reopening of nightlife.

The under 30’s have been hit hard by lockdown, 34% of 16 to 29 year olds in Britain have experienced symptoms of depression since January this year according to ONS data.

These age groups would typically be the most social and for many young adults living away from home, friends become family. However due to restrictions until recently, vital social connections have been broken.

This is set to change from next week as the country will take another step on the roadmap out of lockdown, with indoor pubs and dining reopening, and a planned return to nightlife in June.

With the easing of lockdown restrictions, sudden freedoms could have knock-on effects for those restarting their nightlife. With binge drinking and drug use likely to increase, the experts at Turning Point want to ensure young people keep safe.

Amongst advice for those getting back to the pub and for partying safely, there are ‘ten tips for a safe weekend’, they are encouraging readers to screengrab and save for later.

Some of their tips are:

  • Charge your phone to 100% before you leave
  • Wallet, ID, keys
  • Make sure you’ve eaten a carby meal
  • Enough bottles of water for the day
  • Share location with friends
  • Let someone else know where you’re going, like a housemate or parent
  • Plan your way home

Nat Travis, National Head of Operations at Turning point, said: “We know that many people will be looking forward to the changes in restrictions in the coming months but we want to ensure that people haven’t forgotten those often hard learnt lessons from years of going out like remembering to drink a pint of water before bed to ease your hangover or having enough charge on your phone to get home.

“For young people going to university for the first time with no experiences of bars or clubs it could be particularly risky. Anyone who has turned 18 over the past year will likely not be used to binge drinking in a nightclub until 3am.

“We’ve produced this guide as we want to ensure everyone has the safest summer possible, which will mean they have the best summer possible.”

Turning Point has over 50 years’ experience of providing support for people affected by drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues, and those with a learning disability to discover new possibilities in their lives.

Image credit: Shutterstock.com/ Roman Samborskyi

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