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Three wise things - Eat, Pace, Plan

This festive period we want Londoners to have a good time, eat drink and be merry but also to stay safe and not ruin their night. Now we are not telling people not to drink and enjoy themselves – we all love a party - but we can also all recall a time when someone has maybe had a few too many.

Last December 5,526 incidents the London Ambulance Service attended were alcohol related. Look after your friends and colleagues this year and stick to safer drinking levels. If it is your office party tonight, or even just going out with friends, family or colleagues, remember to plan your journey home in advance, check the train or bus times and only use licenced taxis. Don’t just think about how to get there; think about how you will get home.

Put some extra thought and plans in place for a safer more enjoyable night out. Have a safe and merry Christmas!

Our 15 top tips of Christmas

1.Make sure you eat before you go out. Eating can help slow down the absorption of alcohol, helping you stay in control. Focus on healthy fats and lean sources of protein, as these will help to slow digestion and the absorption of alcohol. Why not book a party somewhere that also serves meals or snacks?

2. Try pacing and spacing. Planning a strategic soft drink or some water between alcoholic drinks slows the rate of your drinking.
3. Don’t drink alcohol? Pregnant? Bars and pubs these days have some great alcohol-free alternatives to your favourite drinks. Just looking to cut back and sick of from-concentrate orange juice? Why not try a non-alcoholic beer or cocktail? Many non- and low-alcoholic drinks are lower in sugar, too, so they can be a healthier choice.
4. Stick to safer drinking levels and have some alcohol-free days. 14 units in a week spread over three or more days. Unsure of your units? According to Drinkaware a 125ml glass of wine is around one and a half units of alcohol.
5. Know your limits. Try and keep a check on how much you are drinking. The NHS One You – Drink Less app will help you keep track of how much you are drinking and spending £££.
6. Keep an eye on your drinks and don’t leave them unattended. Also watch your bags and phone!
7. Beware of drinking in rounds. Don’t feel obliged to keep up with other people. Trying to keep up with other people is dangerous and often very expensive.
8. If you’re are worried or uncertain about how much you’re drinking, ask the bar staff. Do they pour doubles or singles? How big is their large glass of wine?
9. Stay hydrated! Fizzy or still. Start and end your night with water, and you’ll thank yourself.

10. Before you go out, think about where the nearest public transport is to your party and check the time of your last train. The Night Tube offers a 24-hour service Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria, Jubilee, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Visit
11. London Buses run services 24 hours a day. To find out when your next bus is due, just search for your stop or choose your route number.
12. Get a taxi or book a minicab. Remember black taxis can be hailed from the street or booked via app or phone and can even be paid by card. Minicabs need to be booked direct with a licensed minicab company via app, phone, or at their office and you will receive a booking confirmation. Never use an unbooked minicab - they are dangerous and unsafe.
13. Don’t leave it to chance and walk home alone. Look after friends or colleagues who have had too much.
14. Remember after a big night out you may still be over the drink drive limit. Do not risk it.
15. Have a Merry Christmas and think Eat, Pace, Plan!

Rethink your drink

Regularly drinking too much alcohol can have severe effects on your health. Worried about your drinking?
Our scratch card provides a quick way to review your drinking.  It is based on the AUDIT C tool which was developed by experts and has been extensively evaluated.

Rethink your drink scratchcard

More information about alcohol and health can be found at NHS - One You
You can also get advice and support by calling Drinkline on 0300 123 1110.

Support the campaign: #EatPacePlan

In this pack (8MB), we have brought together all the information that you and your organisation need making it simple to join our campaign. You can support us on social media, share this toolkit, as well as advise on what office party planners can include in their invite to their colleagues to make sure everyone has a great time and gets home well and safely.

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We will be tweeting throughout December and advertising through social media. Keep a look out! Get in touch to add your logo to the toolkit and help spread the message.

07 November 2017
Last Modified:
26 November 2018
City of London