Staying safe this New Year's Eve

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The countdown to a new year is almost over and millions of people across Australia and New Zealand will be celebrating the coming of 2016 at venues and social gatherings. While most people will behave responsibly, there are always a small percentage of party goers who ruin it for everybody.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) people, particularly men, aged between 18 and 24 are the most likely group to experience some form of violence attributed to alcohol.

The report found that men were more likely to experience violence from a stranger than by someone they knew, while the reverse was true for women. With hundreds of thousands of people out celebrating on New Year’s Eve, the risk is greater.

Here are some things you can do to make your New Year’s Eve a safe one.

Stay close to your friends

Your mates can be more than just your party buddies – they’re also your back up. If it looks like one of your friends is getting worked up, help them out by steering them away from the situation and trying to calm them down. The wingman website has more information on how you can prevent things turning nasty

Regaining control

When you’re out having a good time, things can get out of control very quickly. If you‘re in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, not in control or vulnerable, there’s a good chance you’re not. Get out of the situation as soon as you can.

Drink responsibly

A lot of people drink alcohol at New Year's Eve parties, and while many people drink responsibly, binge drinking (drinking until drunk or intoxicated) is very common amongst people of all ages. Studies have found that binge drinking increases the risk of violence and injuries requiring hospitalisation. Use this standard drinks calculator to help you get a better idea of how much is too much.

Don’t drink or take drugs and drive

Seems like a reasonable thing to say but even in this day and age, there is still a significant percentage of people who drink to excess and think they can drive home. If you plan on drinking, always try and organise a designated driver, pre-book a taxi or catch public transport home.