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How to safely look after your drunk friends on a night out

Home time! (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It’s one of the oldest, unspoken rules of friendship: thou shalt help thy friend home if thou should get accidentally hammered on a night out.

Let’s be real – we’ve all been that friend who has had one too many drinks when out on the lash.

But when it’s our turn to be carer for the night, what’s the safest way to care for our pals?

Fortunately, the security experts at Get Licensed have put together five simple tips that you can follow to help you look after your friend if they’re a bit worse for wear.

1. Be there for them

Whatever you do, do not leave them. You must be there for them, to make sure they don’t panic and that they are safe.

If your other pals are looking like they’re about to ditch your boozy friend, you need to be the one to step up and help – let your hangover be the only thing you regret the next day.

Never leave a pal alone when drunk – even if your plans for the evening need to change (Picture: Getty Images)

2. Get some food in them

It is important that you always remember to eat before you begin drinking.

However, if it is too late for this, you can always give them plain food, which should help soak up the alcohol and sober them – something which is especially useful if you’re struggling to get a cab to take you both.

Chip shop anyone?

3. Remember the recovery position

If your friend wants to lie down because they are tired, you should keep the recovery position in mind.

You don’t want them to lay on their back or stomach as they may choke on their own vomit. 

4. Get them home safely

Even if you had plans to go to other places, it is important to know when enough is enough and it’s time for your pal to retreat home safely.

If that means giving up your night out to take care of them, well, you can tell them off the next morning – but for now, let’s get them outta here.

Why not offer them your sofa or spare bed? It will also make you feel better knowing they’re looked after.

You should never leave a drunk friend alone, and with temperatures reaching -5 overnight for the next week, this is more important than ever. 

5. Get help

If your friend’s condition gets worse, don’t be afraid to seek help.

Door supervisors or staff members will help your friend by giving you water and calling a taxi. In extreme cases, you might need to consider calling an ambulance.

Shahzad Ali, CEO of Get Licensed, comments: ‘Seeing people who have drunk one too many alcoholic drinks is nothing new for door supervisors, they are extensively trained in the different methods used to deal with people who are under the influence of alcohol.

‘If you are struggling with your drunk friend, you should approach a door supervisor. Ultimately, security personnel have your best interests in mind and their main aim is to keep people safe.’

It may seem embarrassing in the moment, but it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

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