BBN Scotland Top Tips for a Safe Night Out

BBN Scotland Top Tips for a Safe Night Out

As we enter the Festive Season Best Bar None Scotland’s National Lead, Arlene Campbell provides some top tips to make the most of your night out:

We all want to enjoy ourselves during a night out and especially over the Festive Season.

There are some simple steps to think about before a big night out to ensure that the night is memorable for all the right reasons.

Best Bar None venues promote awareness of your own safety and how to prevent becoming vulnerable. “Raise the Bar” to ensure you have a great safe night out and consider the following tips before you head out:

  • Plan ahead and let your family or friends know where you are going and who you are going with.
  • Consider pre-booking taxis before you head out for the evening or making sure that one of the party is responsible for being the designated driver, that way you can ensure everyone gets home safely.
  • Scotland’s Drink Drive limit is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood and the best approach is for the designated driver to abstain from alcohol This is easier these days as venues offer improved ranges of soft drinks and alternatives to alcohol which Best Bar None actively encourages.
  • It is simply not worth the risk to drink and drive or take drugs and drive. The consequences can be devastating, including loss of your livelihood and driving licence, an unlimited fine and at worse, loss of life which could lead to prison.
  • If you are relying on public transport to take you home, make sure you know when the last bus leaves and if it is a full route one or a partial service.
  • Think about what your back-up plan for getting home would be, if you miss the last bus or train home. Ensure that you have sufficient money to get home.
  • Drink responsibly and make sure you never leave your drink unattended.
  • Take care of your bag and belongings and any valuables.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged before you go out.
  • Taking care of yourself and others in the group and ensuring that nobody is left behind is key, especially if you have become vulnerable through over indulgence of alcohol, drugs or medication (legal or illegal) that could affect your judgement or ability to react normally.
  • Stay with friends and avoid leaving venues with strangers
  • Don’t be the bystander who watches inappropriate behaviour – if it is not acceptable when sober – it is not acceptable when under the influence of alcohol. If you have any concerns tell staff at the venue or contact Police.
  • Where possible, it’s worth choosing a venue where you know that a good experience for customers is a key component of the bar, club, hotel or other venue.

Since its launch in Scotland in 2005, the Best Bar None accreditation scheme has extended into 58 towns, cities and villages across Scotland.

We work with our accredited venues and our partner agencies in Police Scotland, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to deliver a safer and welcoming night time experience for customers.

Anyone looking for a good, safe night out should look out for a Best Bar None venue knowing it has been through a rigorous accreditation process and has demonstrated high standards across a range of important criteria for you to enjoy a great night out. 

I hope you have a most enjoyable and safe festive season and remember to look after one another and make sure everyone gets home safely.

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