News: A Quarter of Us Cringe After Epic Nights Out

Having experienced the Saturday from hell (I said hello down the great white telephone many times) after a Friday night of two much vodka!! I am now living as a hermit, never going out again and never speaking to anyone ever again whose path I crossed on Friday night – oh the shame!! The self loathing I feel from the whole experience is still making my toes curl upwards and I am trying not to think about it.  I spoke to my writing mentor, whom I writing the film ‘The Ugly Birds’ – see video

He said that as writer’s it’s in our DNA to self destruct. It’s part of who we are and it’s what keeps us creatively connected. He, like me, has no off switch and suffers from ‘honesty tourettes’ when asked inappropriate questions. I am unstable, volatile, unpredictable, deeply wounded, passionate and full of creativity. I am an artist; a writer. It’s who I am.

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Anyway, I then received this press release – it made me feel less alone and that maybe something good could come of it….


New research reveals that Brits’ nights out leave bruised bodies, egos and lost property. So… do something good and stay in for Macmillan Cancer Support!

  • 54% of Brits injured from a night out bear the bruises of accidents from the night before and a third are so embarrassed about their injuries that they lie about what really happened
  • 10% of Brits who go on a night out reach for their phones and unfriend Facebook friends after a night out
  • Bruised bodies and egos are not the only dangers: 55% of Brits who go on a night out admit to losing or damaging personal belongings

Brits are counting bruised egos, lost possessions, broken bones and social media fails amongst the many hidden horrors of a night out. New research released today by Sheilas’ Wheels, sponsors of Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual fundraising event, Night In, suggests that it might not just be the financial cost Brits are left to deal with following a night out.

A staggering  quarter of Brits who have gone on a night out in the last 6 months own up to sustaining an injury thanks to a night out on the tiles, with over half (54%) of these admit to sporting bruises, suggesting that staying in could really be better for us.

The research also revealed that when nights out go wrong we’re a nation of ‘fibbers’, with some of us not admitting  the real cause of our injuries.  A third (32%) cringingly admit that their night out incident was so embarrassing that they simply couldn’t tell the truth about what happened.

Among the verbatim in the research, true incidents reported by those who sustained an injury from a night out include tripping on the dance floor, falling out of trees and even surfboarding down stairs.  Respondents admitted to fibbing about the cause of their incidents to colleagues and family after falling off their bike, being pushed in a crowd or tripping down the stairs. For a more fortunate fifth (22%) of those with night out related injuries, admitted to having bruised their ego.

Moreover, ‘checking in’ and uploading selfies have become the norm but the findings suggest social media activity is something we regret in the cold light of day.  One in seven (14%) have hidden from their embarrassing moments by de-tagging themselves from photos on Facebook the morning after the night before. In more extreme measures, one in ten (10%) have even gone as far as to unfriend people from Facebook after a night out.

It’s not just our social media that takes a battering after a night out, but our possessions as well. The survey revealed that more than one in ten (12%) 18-34 year olds lose something on a night out once a week, whilst 36% of the same age group admitted that money itself disappears most often. Damage to our possessions is even greater, with 38% citing potential damages to personal possessions through spilt drinks. A further two fifths (20%) of 18-34 year olds admit that they have dropped items into a toilet.

To avoid the horrors of a night out Sheilas’ Wheels is urging Brits to join Macmillan, for one night only, during the month of May and enjoy the best of company with family and friends while donating the money they save to the charity. Night In is the perfect opportunity to have the girls round, crack open a bottle, fill up on nibbles and enjoy a gossip and giggle whilst doing something amazing to support people affected by cancer.

Suzie Yarroll, National Events Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “This research from Sheilas’ Wheels shows that for many of us, a night out on the town can often lead to things that we wish never happened.  So there really couldn’t be a better reason to stay in this May and have a night in for Macmillan!”

There are a million reasons for a night in. To make a difference, simply register your interest at wait for your free Night In kit, choose a date in May and ask your friends to donate whatever they can afford on the night.


About Night In

Now in its third year, Night In is once again sponsored by Sheilas’ Wheels and is a fun, hassle-free way to help raise money for Macmillan and ensure that no one faces cancer alone. There are a million reasons for a night in. To make a difference, simply register your interest at wait for your free Night In kit and ask your friends to donate whatever they can afford to your Night In.

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit

About Sheilas’ Wheels

Sheilas’ Wheels is a UK insurance company which shook up the car insurance market in October 2005 offering a product designed with women in mind. Following on from the huge success of their car insurance, Shelas’ Wheels entered the home insurance scene in 2008, expanding further into travel insurance at the beginning of 2010.

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