Stay safe on a Norwich night out
For a lot of people, there’s nothing like a night out at the weekend. A chance to let go of all the stresses of the week and have a drink, have a giggle and a boogie and get the weekend off to a great start, before the hangover kicks in! It cannot be ignored, however, that when copious amounts of alcohol are consumed, it can be easier to fall into trouble than if you’d been enjoying a sober afternoon tea on a sunday afternoon! Whether it’s losing your mates, losing your belongings or something more sinister, keeping safety as a priority is important! Luckily, Norwich is one of the safest cities in the UK, with statistics site Numbeo rating the level of crime low and safety walking home at night as high. But despite this, it’s still key to know how to keep yourself safe on a night out in Norwich. We’ve compiled a few top tips to keep in mind next time you’re planning a massive night on the town to ensure you have the best night ever!
We know that everyone has different tolerances to alcohol, and everyone differs in the amount they like to consume on a night out. You do you! But one thing that a number of people forget to do is to keep drinking water throughout the night. Whether they forget or they’re scared of denting their buzz, many people suffer needlessly with hangovers that feel like they’ll never go away due to being so dehydrated from their night out. Not only that, sipping on water throughout the night may help you to keep a clearer head and avoid that tired, groggy end of night drunkenness that can make even the simplest of tasks (like ordering cheesy chips) difficult for your brain to handle. Yes, this might be less of a safety tip and more of a hangover avoidance one, but you’ll thank us later!
Know Where To Go For Help
Prince of Wales Road is a favourite spot in Norwich for most clubbers, and it can get pretty hectic on busy weekend nights! It’s loud, bright, there are a lot of people around and for some it can get pretty overwhelming. If you’re not used to big nights out, or if you’re someone who suffers from anxiety, you’ll need somewhere to go if it all gets a bit much and you need somewhere quiet. Safe Haven City Response sits at the top of Prince of Wales Road by the ITV Studios, and they offer ‘assistance to anyone in need in the Norwich Nightime economy on Friday and Saturday nights.’ Staffed by volunteers, they can help anyone who is having a difficult time, from organising medical help or alerting the police to an issue, to simply providing a quiet space to sit, this is the place to go if you find yourself in need of immediate assistance on a Norwich night out.
Organise Transport Home In Advance
We’ve all been there. You planned to stay out until 1am, then decided to stay out a little longer, you got your kebab and now you want to go home, but it’s 4am and the wait for a taxi is 45 minutes. Rookie error! It’s understandable that on some occasions you’ll be having such a good time that nothing could drag you away from that club, but it won’t be all the time, and to ensure your night out ends in a warm, comfortable car ride rather than 45 minutes shivering on a kerb, try to set a go home time and stick to it. Book your taxi BEFORE you leave to go out so that you know it’s all sorted and your inebriated mind will just have to navigate to where you asked to be picked up. Easy as pie! On another note, this also avoids accepting offers of lifts from strangers, which can be much easier to accept when you’re not as sharp as you usually are. Norwich may be super safe, but it’s also important to remember that someone you’ve just met may not be as trustworthy as they seem when offering you a ride home.
Charge Your Phone And Stick Together
Probably the easiest way to keep yourself safe and ensure you have a banger of a night out is to charge your phone fully before leaving and STICK TOGETHER! While most friendship groups will always have that one who likes to wander off and make new friends, try to make a commitment as a group to check in with each other if you do move away from the main group, just so nobody gets left behind or lost. It can be quite scary to lose your group when you’re out on the town, especially if you’re younger and it’s one of your first big nights out with your friends! If the worst comes to the worst, though, and you find yourself with a dead phone and having lost your friends, ask a bouncer or a police officer to point you in the direction of one of the Safe Haven centres who will be able to help you out in no time!
Now that summer is in full swing we hope you’re having an absolute blast! Remember, if you’re keen to get things sorted in advance, book an ABC taxi to take to you and from your next big night out and take the worry out of your journey home!