We've all heard stories of nights out gone horribly wrong for girls. There are always stories of women getting attacked, but it's no reason not to go out and enjoy yourself.
There are lots of small things you can do on a night out to stay safe, but still have a lot of fun.
Know your limits:
You should know how much alcohol you can handle before you're completely out of it. Some people can go all night and still be in their senses, whereas for other people, one or two drinks will be enough to get them drunk. You are less aware the more you drink, and so more prone to danger, and so you should know how much you can handle. Set limits on your drinking and stick to it.
Knowing how much you can handle means that you'll know when to stop and you can control your drinking better.
Go out with friends:
It is a fact that a lot of women atacked are usually on their own. You're much safer if there are a lot of you out together. You're probably more vulnerable and more of a target if you're on your own. A whole gang of you can be a good intimidation tactic against someone threatening.
Have one person sober/designated:
This is particularly important. One person staying sober can make all the difference in the world. They can drive everyone home if needed and can keep an eye on their friends to make sure they're ok.
Trusted minicab service:
Possibly the most important thing on this list. Never get into unlicensed cabs. I have one minicab company which I use for everything. They have my home address on their system and all I have to do it give them my name and they know who I am. Everyone should have one company like this, that they trust.
Also, when using a minicab service, always make sure that the driver asks your name before you give it to them. This shows that the driver is definitely the one from your company and is there for you.
It's always good to know a few moves in case of an emergency. I've been boxing for about 18 months now and know that I can throw a punch if I needed to.
I'd recommend going to one or two self defence classes, just to get the basics. Remember: your elbows are the hardest part of your body and hit a guy where the sun don't shine.
Just an edit: A has written a really important note in the comments section of this post.
And also, never leave your drink unattended. People can easily spike it with substances.