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How to stay safe at festivals
Beware of dehydration – try and keep cool and drink enough water.
If you are drinking alcohol try to avoid having too much – it’s easy to get carried away and you don’t want to miss your favourite band!
The safest thing to do is not take drugs at all, but if you do decide to take drugs there are some ways you can reduce the risks.
Avoid mixing substances (including alcohol) – this can be really risky as it becomes harder to control the experience.
Don’t buy substances from people you don’t know, as you have little idea of what you are getting – it is asking to get ripped off or worse.
Remember that drug laws still apply at festivals and the police might be there. Security staff work closely with the police.
Be cautious about how much of a substance you use – don’t overdo it.
Taking drugs in an unfamiliar or crowded place is risky as you could end up feeling stressed or lost – stay with people you trust and look after each other.
Avoid smoking in tents to reduce the risk of accidental fires or burns.
Remember, be careful around so called ‘legal highs’: legal does not necessarily mean safe.
Try and stay out of trouble – “it’s nice to be nice”.
Practical tips for festivals
Pack appropriate clothing and footwear. Expect the unexpected – baby wipes, torch, ear plugs, carrier bags, sun cream and ponchos can become essentials.
Charge your phone before you go.
Keep friends close and arrange meeting points in case you get separated.
Make sure you know where your tent is – use landmarks to help you locate this and places like the medical centre.
Ear plugs can help you to get some sleep so you can re-charge your batteries.
Take care in the sun – apply sun cream regularly.
Using condoms can protect against unplanned pregnancies and STIs – be aware that oil-based products (such as sun cream/hand gel/wet wipes) can damage condoms and cause them to split.
Worried about a mate?
If you are worried about somebody’s drinking, you are probably right to be concerned, even if your friend says there is nothing to worry about.
Your friend is responsible for the consequences of his/her drinking – you should not take on this responsibility yourself. Talking to people you trust and explaining your concerns will lessen the burden you carry.
Don’t buy alcohol for your friend, or finance his or her drinking. You are only giving permission for it to continue. Refuse quietly but firmly.
Addaction can offer advice and information to both you and your friend.
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