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Look after yourself and others in Blackpool

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We want all members to have a fun, memorable and safe Convention weekend and these videos may help you to consider your personal choices more carefully. Counties and clubs can use these videos as discussion tools alongside the behaviour presentation.

Drugs

The heartbroken family of a girl who died after taking a party drug have released an emotional tribute to their daughter in an attempt to warn other young people about the dangers. Amy Vigus, a 20-year-old from Colchester, Essex, died on August 21, two days after taking what she thought was ecstasy “in a moment of madness” at Elrow Town festival in London. Despite being sick and fitting multiple times, Vigus was able to make it home. However, her parents were forced to perform CPR on their daughter after she collapsed one more time. Two days later, she was dead. 

Binge Drinking

Don’t let good times go bad! Pace yourself, be aware of your own personal limits.

Your body can only process one unit of alcohol per hour!

Two large glasses of wine may not seem like very much. But drinking six units of alcohol in a short space of time – an hour, say – will raise your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and could make you drunk very quickly. Drinking the same amount over several hours as well as eating food will have less effect on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Spiking

Drinks spiked with alcohol or drugs can make a person vulnerable. Spiking someone’s drink carries a maximum 10 year prison sentence. Adding a few extra shots to a friend’s drink may seem like a harmless bit of fun but not only could it ruin a good night out it could also result in serious criminal charges.

Drink spiking can happen in any situation. However, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Never leave your drink unattended and don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know and keep an eye on your drink at all times – don’t go off and dance then come back and drink the rest.

Violence

When alcohol is involved in a social event this can sometimes result in conflicts and violence. Limiting the amount of alcohol you consume will help when making positive choices. Alcohol affects your decision making ability and emotional state. Under the influence of alcohol and when emotions are running high you may make decisions that you wouldn’t usually make. A single decision could have a lasting impact on someone’s life.

The One Punch Kills campaign highlights incidents where a single punch has killed. These incidents are devastating for everyone involved. Think before you act and look after one another.

Consent

Sexual consent is where a person has the ability and freedom to agree to sexual activity.

  • The person seeking or initiating sex is responsible for getting consent.
  • Ask yourself if the other person is capable of giving consent.
  • If they are on drugs or too drunk, asleep or unconscious they cannot choose.
  • Some people living with a mental health problem, a learning disability or a head injury may not have the capacity to consent.
  • You can confirm if you have consent by checking the other person’s body language and by asking them.
  • Check with them each time you start a new type of sexual activity.
  • Check with them on each occasion you start any sexual conduct.
  • Look at their body language and facial expression to see if they are eager and comfortable.
  • Ask them if they are okay.
  • If they seem unhappy, or you are not sure they are consenting, stop.
  • Silence, or the absence of a “no”, does not guarantee somebody is consenting.
  • A clear affirmative freely-given “yes” indicates consent.

This short video is helpful in helping to understand messages around consent.


 

Drive it Home

Time is the only cure if you've been drinking the night before. Research by road safety charity Brake found that Drivers in their 20s have the highest rates of both drink and drug driving crashes. Young drivers who crash are twice as likely to be impaired by alcohol as older drivers who crash.

In general, alcohol is removed from the blood at the rate of about one unit an hour. But this varies from person to person. So don't take the risk. Steer a safe course the morning after, and if you have any doubts at all about whether you're safe to drive, find another way to get around.

Find out more about NFYFC's Drive it Home campaign.

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