How to Look Out for a Drunk Friend

House parties, sleep overs, schoolies and nights out with friends are an awesome part of growing up. It’s pretty likely that people will be drinking and when people are drinking, people can get drunk. Drunk people can make terrible decisions and do things which jeopardize their safety. This post will share a few tips on how to deal with drunk friends so that both you and your friends stay safe.

It’s probably a good time to mention that alcohol is a drug, that it can be addictive and have very damaging effects on your physical and mental well-being. Check out a bit it more about that here.

What are the signs a person is drunk?

People who are drunk will have a few if not all of these symptoms:

  • Slurring their words, can’t talk properly
  • Glazed eyes
  • They can be quite emotional
  • They do things they wouldn’t normally do
  • They have trouble walking in a straight line or falling over
  • They vomit
  • They might even pass out
As a friend what can you do?

The most important thing is to stay with your friend and have their back. If you can’t be there find another friend who can.

The next step is to suggest your friend drink some water and have something to eat, try and make sure they don’t drink any more alcohol! If your friend thinks you are bossing them about, suggesting that you both have a non-alcoholic drink or a bite to eat can be a good way to get around it. You could also suggest going for a walk to 7-11 or someplace similar (if possible) to get some food. This way you get some fresh air and are away from the alcohol!

You may find that your friend is too drunk to walk around or eat. They may just want to lie down. If they want to lay down be sure that they lie on their side and prop a pillow or something else behind their back to prevent them from rolling onto their back or stomach. This is really important so that if they vomit, they do not choke on it.

When they are heading home make sure you go with them to ensure they are safe, you might even have to stay over.

Finally, if your friend passes out and you can’t wake them up, call an ambulance, the person on the phone will tell you exactly what to do while the ambos are on their way. The ambulance officers will not get you in trouble for underage drinking, or get the police involved.

A little bit of advice: don’t argue with a drunk person.

Drunk people do stupid things. Sometimes these things might be funny, but often they can be very frustrating or even hurtful. If the way your friend is behaving is hurting you there is no point in saying it to them while they are still drunk. Due to the alcohol’s affect, if they don’t like what you are saying they just won’t accept it, they may even become more annoying/hurtful/angry. Bring it up at a time when they are sober, they will be more likely to listen to you and understand how they made you feel. If you are worried about your friend’s drinking don’t bring it up when they are drunk, again wait for a time when you are both sober and up to having this serious conversation.

What about alcohol poisoning, what should I do then?

A lot of the time being drunk is relatively harmless and only results in bit of embarrassment and a hangover the next day, but sometimes things can be more serious. Alcohol poisoning can happen when people drink too much, signs include;

  • being confused, passing out and comas
  • vomiting
  • shaking or seizures
  • slow or uneven breathing
  • low body temperature or looking pale or a bit blue

If your friend has any of these symptoms call 000. The ambulance officers will not get you in trouble for underage drinking, or get the police involved.