Friday is often the best day of the week: come 5 o’clock you are free from the rigours of working life for a couple days, and one of the most popular ways to wind down is with a quick drink after work. Although this is a fun and relaxing pastime, there are a few potential dangers to take into consideration if you are to remain safe and avoid problems such as slips, trips and falls and injuries.
How do I avoid any possible injuries or problems during and after Friday work drinks?
The local pub, bar or restaurant are enjoyable places to relax, but staying safe is something that should be taken into consideration. Here are our tips:
- Be Careful with Drinks – Always be sure to keep any drink close to hand and never leave it open to strangers. Both men and women are vulnerable to drink spiking, the act of having a substance added to your drink, but statistics indicate that women in their early 20s account for the majority of victims. The only way to avoid such problems are to keep hold of your drink, while tools such as special bottle tops can be used to block any attempts to spike a drink. Also be careful when others buy you drinks and stay at the bar to make sure this event does not occur – check for any different odours/fizzing/colour changes in the drink.
- Know Your Limits – It can be nice to have a few drinks to relax, but if you have a journey ahead of you it is wise to avoid consuming too much alcohol. Alcohol often impacts on your levels of alertness, and can leave you vulnerable to falls and trips or even muggings. Be sure to avoid drinking too much and always make sure you accompany your drinks with food and/or water if on an empty stomach.
- Travel Together – It’s always a good idea to make a journey in groups of at least two when possible. This can often make you less vulnerable and aid you in safely reaching your destination.
- Inform Someone of Your Journey – When possible either text or phone a friend or relative before and after your journey so somebody knows where you are. This can help in the event of a trip or fall and keep you safe if anything goes wrong.
There is no need to avoid Friday drinks after work, as this can often serve to be a great way to get to know colleagues and socialise in a relaxed environment. But, always be sure to follow our guidelines to make sure you are free of danger.