Minimizing Risks & Harms
- Pace yourself
- Set a time limit on how long you are going to drink
- Have a safe plan for getting home (don’t drink and drive).
- If possible, keep track of haw much you are drinking
- choose beer or wine over liquor
- drink slowly
- eat something substantial before or while drinking
- drink when already relaxed and not to relax
- savour the experience or the quality of what you are drinking
- never drink alone
- never leave your drink unattended in a bar
- only accept unopened drinks from strangers
- beware of unfamiliar drinks
- never drive
- ü make sure you know what you are taking
- ü Don’t share equipment such as needles, straws, crack pipes that may lead to the transmission of bodily fluids and risks of HIV/HCV.
- Avoid mixing substances
- Learn what you are taking by going to a reliable source
- If you experience withdrawal symptoms get medical help
- Monitor changes in the pattern of how you use
- Get immediate help if you or others lose consciousness or collapse from dehydration, etc.
- If you use alone be prepared by having water, money, food and meds (HIV, etc).
- Call in and let friends know where you are from time to time
- Know your environment
- Know your drug and what the effects are
- Be prepared for sexual activity bring along condoms, etc.