Drinkaware - stay with your pack

Westminster City Council is partnering with drinkaware to provide information and advice on the effects of alcohol and the risks associated with being intoxicated. 

This partnership forms part of the council’s City for All commitment to provide a safe and enjoyable evening or night out in Westminster with its new Licensing Standard. 

Stay with your pack on a night out

Together with drinkaware, we are running a stay with your pack campaign between 1 December 2017 and January 2018. We want to raise awareness about the risks of being on your own when you are vulnerable because of alcohol.

We want you to stay with friends and colleagues and watch out for each other, to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable night.

Feel free to print and display the 'Stay with your pack' poster (PDF, 1.6MB) to remind everyone to stay with their friends when on a night out.

How does alcohol affect you?

As your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) rises, so does the risk of accidents. Alcohol affects your body’s responses. 

Drinking alcohol can:

  • affect your judgement and reasoning
  • slow down your reactions
  • upset your sense of balance and coordination

You might:

  • lose your keys or phone
  • fall over or hurt yourself
  • get in a fight or argument
  • wander into traffic

Keep your pack safe

Try these simple suggestions to stay safe:

  • whatsapp - keep in touch on the night and check everyone got home OK by making a ‘night out’ whatsapp group
  • meeting point - if the club doesn’t have WIFI or you can’t get a signal agree an easy place to meet 
  • stick together - staying together is the best way to make the most of your night out
  • getting home - use public transport, a licensed taxi or a private hire vehicle

How do you keep your mates safe on a night out? How much do you drink per week? Share your tips on twitter using #Staywithyourpack.

Tools to help you

Men and women should not exceed more than 14 units of alcohol per week. The 14 units should not be consumed in one session but spread throughout the week. 

The drinkaware unit and calorie calculator is a great tool to show you how many units and calories you're consuming.

If you are worried about the amount of alcohol you are consuming, you can use the drinkaware self-assessment tool to see what you're drinking.

Visit the drinkaware website to find out more.

The people first website can help you if you're worried about the amount of alcohol you're drinking, are suffering from an addiction to alcohol or have relatives or friends who are drinking too much.  

Last updated 07 December 2017