Top tips for a safe night out

This Christmas party season, we've has teamed up with London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police Service to encourage Londoners to ‘Eat, Drink and be Safe’ during the festive fun.

Follow our easy tips for having a night out you'll want to remember:

Eat before drinking: Book a party somewhere that serves meals or snacks, or make sure you eat before you go out. Food soaks up alcohol, slowing it down on its way into the bloodstream. It will provide more energy, and lessen the effects the next day.

Drink lighter beers: stronger continental beers are popular, but make for a messy night and a bigger hangover. The difference between a pint of 5% lager, and a 3.5% or 4% one is one unit.

Try pacing and spacing. Having a soft drink or some water between alcohol drinks slows the rate of your drinking.

Drink smaller drinks: A large glass of wine in most bars is equivalent to a third of a bottle!

Keep a check on how much you’re drinking. The NHS Change4Life tracker will help you keep track of how much you are drinking and spending

Look after each other. Look after your friends and colleagues and make sure you know how you are getting home at the end of the night

Plan your journey home: Don’t leave it to chance—think about how you’re going to get home, and who with, before you go out. Make arrangements before you start drinking, and make sure you don’t get left to walk home alone.

Book your taxi: Have the number for a reputable taxi company in your area saved on your phone and book in advance. Share the fare and share a cab with a colleague or friend who lives close by.

For more information, use Cabwise and text HOME to 60835 for a list of licensed cab numbers.