As lockdown restrictions gradually ease in England, pubs and outdoor hospitality venues have re-opened for outdoor service. Although you might be looking forward to socialising outdoors and being able to spend more time with your friends and family, it’s important to drink safely and keep an eye on your alcohol intake. Here are some simple steps to help you stay safe when you’re drinking outdoors:
- If you’re heading out to a pub or bar, plan your transport in advance or appoint a designated driver. Never be tempted to drink and drive, and do not get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. You do not have to feel or appear ‘drunk’ to be over the limit – read about alcohol and the law.
- Try to keep track of how much you are drinking. You can do this by planning a ‘drinks budget’ or using tips and trackers. Take a look at DrinkAware’s free tools and trackers to help you do this on the move.
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water
- Drink slowly – don’t rush to drink as much as you can in one session
- Avoid binge-drinking