Dear Alice,

I live in London, and keep on getting drunk and climbing buildings. Last week I nearly killed myself by accident. Any advice?

-Urban Climbing Idiot

Dear Urban Climbing Idiot,

Short of doing your drinking in the middle of the Yorkshire moors, two ideas come to mind: don’t drink alone and look at your drinking habits with an eye on getting drunk less frequently. Take your mates with you to the pub and let them know ahead of time about your Spiderman tendencies. Pick blokes that would stop you from climbing, rather than ones who would encourage you in the name of high-flying entertainment.

At least you recognize your actions as stupid and dangerous. From there you might want to ask yourself, why the bloody idiocy? A counselor, chaplain, or group can help you get to some answers – and keep your feet on the ground to boot. Help, fast, is also in order if the alcohol puts you in such a state that you’re not even aware that you’re up another building without a lift.

A rock-climbing class, while sober, might give you a respect for the highly-skilled sport of scaling that will make you think twice about doing it drunk. The highs that you can realize from “controlled” climbing could also diminish your desire to do it at the drop of a pint.