How can you avoid alcohol-related violence on a night out?

Everyone should be able to enjoy a night out without being attacked but, in reality, we all know that things aren’t so straight forward. Whether you’re at a party, your local or in town clubbing, it’s important to keep your wits about you. Even though you’re not looking for a fight and are just enjoying a night out with your mates, there are some people who go out with the intention of starting trouble.

Most violent incidents late at night are fuelled by alcohol. If you want to avoid being the victim of an attack, one of the best things you can do is moderate your own drinking, so you’re aware of what’s going on around you. In an ideal world, you’d be able to have some drinks without worrying about the actions of others – but we all know that reality is unfortunately different. If someone behaves in a threatening way towards you or your friends, you need to be clear-headed enough to get out of the situation before it has a chance to escalate. This can be difficult to do when you’re drunk!

Venues also need to shoulder some of the responsibility, and they are increasingly being called upon to consider how they can prevent alcohol-related attacks too. In Queensland, authorities have been running a ‘Drink Safe Precinct’ (DSP) program. This involves measures like compulsory ID scanners and a ban on alcohol served after midnight. Sadly, funding for the program is due to be stopped in February 2013.

If you’ve got a big night out planned, there are some simple ways you can help keep yourself safe. It’s a good idea to plan your journey home in advance, which means booking a registered cab and making sure you keep the money aside for your ride home. Always keep your mobile with you, and ensure it is charged and has credit. Last of all, stick with your friends and remember that your judgement is impaired when you’re drunk.