Night out in cell or A&E?

HIGH Peak residents are being reminded of the dangers of drinking before a night out as part of a campaign to cut down on alcohol-related harm over the festive period.

Teams of police officers, health workers and community safety partnership staff will be speaking to people about the dangers of drinking before a night out and excessive drinking while out in pubs and clubs.

The events are being held as part of the county wide ‘Where will your night end’ campaign, a joint initiative between police, Derbyshire County Council and community safety partnerships across the county.

It aims to reduce alcohol- related harm among Christmas partygoers by reminding them how their night could end if they drink too much alcohol – in a police cell, in the emergency department or even before it’s started.

Superintendent Gary Parkin, Derbyshire Police’s lead on preventing alcohol harm, said: “Speaking to young people during the day when they may be shopping for a new outfit for a night out is one of the ways we are trying to get our message to them to have fun but be safe.

“Drinking large amounts before going out to pubs and clubs is dangerous. You could end up in a police cell, in the emergency room or you could get left at home as you may be too drunk to go out at all.

“The festive period is a time for people to socialise and enjoy themselves but I want to encourage people to be responsible and consider the consequences of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.”

Advice includes: don’t start too soon; drink singles rather than doubles; eat before you go out or buy food on the way – and look out for your friends.