Subscribe to our RSS News feed Follow safeconcerts on Twitter Follow Safeconcerts on Facebook 
Protect yourself from ticket scammers and fraudsters
before you buy with our Be Ticket Safe® Directory
Previous: Your Clothes Next: Noise and Special Effects

Festival Survival Guide: Drugs and Alcohol

Be wise, be safe, take care

The reality is that a lot of people tend to drink quite a bit at festivals - try to know what your limits are! you are the best judge as to how much is enough - you know how your body reacts and how your mind reacts - respect what your body tells you! Don't drink on an empty stomach or mix it with drugs, prescription or otherwise (you could make yourself very, very sick - lying on the ground vomiting isn't pretty ) if you really overdo it you can get alcohol poisoning and that can be a tad serious - you will need medical help if this happens - but you will be at risk as even your close mates might not recognise the warning signs - especially if they are out of it too - might sound boring but it is a good idea to temper it with non-alcoholic drinks and food - you might still be plastered but try to be safely plastered.

Silly things are much more likely to happen when people get very drunk, accidents, losing or quarrelling with friends and getting lost are just a few of the hazards you'll be more likely to encounter - okay we know it's actually quite rare but remember what can happen - a young man got thrown out of a budweiser event where he had been plyed with lots and lots of booze - his body was dragged out of a canal days later - there have been other similar tragedies - don't let it happen to you or your mates - no one wants things like that to happen so try to have fun AND be safe as well.

If one of your mates does drink too much, don't leave them alone or let them wander off (however annoying they might be, and we do know how annoying very drunk people can be) encourage them to re-hydrate with non-alcoholic drinks, e.g. water. If they do pass out, lay them on their side with a clear airway (the recovery position) and send someone to get help. Be wary of accepting an open drink, like a can, from a stranger - people have been 'spiked' and subsequently robbed and/or assaulted - girls - be especially on your guard.

Drugs are just as illegal on-site as off-site and there will be police around, many in undercover operations - to be honest festivals are not the place to experiment with stuff for the first time. You might not get the effect you expect, you can easily put yourself at great risk, even if you think you're used to a particular drug, you may get ripped off or sold some dodgy gear. Don't know what it is? Don't take it!
If things do get bad, If you do freak out or want some information, then get to the welfare point or to the Samaritans, it's a safe haven, you won't be judged, no-one will preach to you and it will provide a safe space if you're having a bad time - it's absolutely confidential.

"Herbal Highs" may be legal at this time, but can still make you feel nauseous or anxious, get some advice at the stall if you decide to buy them. If the stall-holder seems not to know or care - go somewhere else! Welfare or Information Points may be able to advise you about these things. Medical evidence is beginning to suggest that these 'legal highs' are not as safe as many people would believe, be cautious as always.

A needle exchange may be found at welfare and/or first aid at some events.

If you want some more detailed advice before the event, about any drug, in confidence, you can contact the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00 or visit there website at There are more resources on our Up Against It page.

Your Ratings & Comments

Article Info

Festival Survival Guide
This Article has not been rated yet
Login now, or sign up for your free account
and be be the first to rate it
Drugs and Alcohol
Festival Survival Guide Index
Part 1. The Safeconcerts Festival Survival Guide
Getting the best from your festival experience
Part 2. Preparation
Some important stuff to do before you're ready to go
Part 3. Security and Stewards
On site security and stewards - what you should know
Part 4. On Your Way
What to do en route and on arrival
Part 5. Your Stuff
How best to keep it safe
Part 6. Pitching Your Tent
Some useful tips for your temporary home
Part 7. Your Body
Keep it safe - it's yours and you have choices
Part 8. Keeping Clean
Not easy but perfectly possible
Part 9. Your Clothes
Keep cool, warm and dry and still keep your cred!
Part 10. Drugs and Alcohol
Be wise, be safe, take care
Part 12. Camp Fires
Not a good idea, why?
Part 13. Toilets
Infamous - can you survive them?
Part 14. Children at Festivals
Fun for all the family?
Part 15. Crowd Safety at Festivals
Keeping safe in a dense crowd - crowd surfing and moshing

Want to write your Article?

Do you have a review or article to submit?

If you are a registered member of Safeconcerts you can submit your article or reviews. You will need to be logged in, and your article will not show until it has been approved.

Dull yet neccessary disclaimer: cannot be held liable for any loss caused as a result of the publication of information here or of your acts or omissions based on the information published here. This is an open forum and as such we welcome contributions from any companies, artists or people listed to correct any inaccuracies. Unfortunately, due to the way that information is distributed, Safeconcerts cannot make any warranty or representation as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained on this site. Read our full terms and conditions of use.
Contact Us | Website Terms of Use | BACK TO TOP | Safeconcerts: Proud to be a thorn in the site of ticket touts and fraudsters
Ticket Safe Home Page The Red List: websites to avoid now The Green List: websites we recommend Suggest a site here The latest Ticket Safe News How to buy tickets safely What to do if you've been a victim of fraud Ticket Safe Forum Ticket Safe Articles About Us Media Contacts Buy Concert Tickets Safely