How to drink responsibly

Safe Drinking Tips

Safe Drinking

A few tips on how to enjoy a safe night out and how to look after your friends.

Drink Responsibly

Drinks Units Information

A great night out can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don't keep an eye on how much alcohol you are consuming. It all adds up, for information about units and responsible consumption click here.


Stay safe on a night out:

  • Eat –before you go out

  • Drink plenty of water or soft drinks between alcoholic drinks (we offer free water at all of our bars).

  • Stick together

  • If you find yourself alone use the services available in the SU (Street Team or the Safety Bus)

  • Track your drinking using MyDrinkAware tracker. Remember; your body can only process one unit of alcohol an hour. 

Remember, drinking is not a challenge, a race or a competition, drink what you want to drink in a time frame that suits you. Alcohol affects everyone in a different way, so don't let anyone else decide how much you can drink. 

Look after yourself and your friends

The signs of intoxication could include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to remain standing or sitting up straight
  • Stumbling
  • Bloodshot, glassy, or watery eyes
  • Lowered inhibitions and behavioural changes

What to do?

  • Discourage any further drinking
  • Try to distract then and discourage further drinking;
  • Give them water that should be readily available
  • Help someone to a seat/bed
  • If someone has fallen over they may require medical attention. Campus Security or the SU Security are trained first aiders and so will be able to give medical attention
  • If possible, do not leave people unattended in their room
  • Wait for a friend to come home or call Security for further assistance
  • Place someone in recovery position or on their side
  • Get help if you need it

What not to do?

  • Don’t try and force your friend to eat something.
  • Don’t give them coffee to drink.
  • Don’t pour water over them or put them in a cold shower.
  • Don’t make them sick.
  • Avoid walking your friend around outside.

Call for help

If you live on campus and are unsure about what to do or your friend needs further medical attention call Campus Security on 01782733004 from a mobile or 33004 from your room phone.

In the event of an emergency situation, call the Campus Security on 888 or the emergency services on 999 (always inform the Campus Security team if you have done this)

Drink Spiking

Anyone can have their drink spiked, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent this.

- Never leave a drink unattended, if you can't see the drink you definitely can't see what anyone may be doing to it. If you have to leave the drink unattended for a short while, you could ask a friend to keep an eye on it for you, but that will still not be as safe as keeping it with you at all times. 

- Never accept drinks from strangers, you have no idea what has happened to that drink between the bar and you receiving it. If you are lucky enough to have someone want to buy you a drink, accompany them to the bar and have the bar staff give the drink straight to you. 

At KeeleSU we also offer free Spikeys. These are small colourful plastic stoppers that can go into the top of a bottle you order from the bar, all you have to do is ask the bar staff for one! They create a much smaller hole at the top of the bottle in which a straw can fit. This makes it harder for anyone to put anything into your drink, although it does not mean you can leave it unattended at any time! 

Signposting Information

For support related to alcohol consumption, there are a number of services on campus and in the local area.

Student Support and Development Services 

Telephone: 01782 734 481
Drop-ins: Monday and Friday 10-12pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2-4pm and evening drop-ins every Tuesday 5-7pm term times only (in the Student Services Centre)
24/7 CIS (Critical Incident Support): 01782 733 335
Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Team: 01782 733 335


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