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Revellers warned they risk more than a hangover by irresponsible drinking this Christmas

Festive partygoers are being urged to “finish their night as they started” as part of a message to promote safety this Christmas.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles today launched his annual Safe Night Out campaign at the University of Derby’s Students Union Bar, highlighting to revellers the dangerous consequences of overstepping the limit when it comes to alcohol consumption.

“Drinking to excess inhibits logical thinking and pushes people to make choices they would never consider when sober,” he said.

“Such decisions can mean the difference between life and death or the addition of a criminal record to one’s CV. If you want to avoid putting an end to your career prospects before they ever got off the ground this Christmas then there’s one simple answer: “drink within your limits”.

“This doesn’t mean stop drinking when you can no longer stand. It means finishing the night just as you started - in full control of your faculties.”

In launching this year’s campaign, Mr Charles announced a new training programme involving 200 bar staff across the city.

The initiative, sponsored by brewer SABMiller, will see the bar staff complete an accredited training programme delivered by professional trainers which will ultimately lead to the BIIAB Level 1 Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing (ARAR).

Training will be completed by January 2016 and is designed to increase understanding on licensing law among bar workers, ensure staff recognise their responsibilities associated with the retail sale of alcohol and readily accept their legal duties concerning under-age sales and serving people who are already intoxicated.

Derbyshire is a safe place to live and visit but like many other cities across the UK, Christmas festivities can take their toll on crime levels and increase demand on blue light services.

The Safe Night Out campaign urges partygoers to enjoy the county’s nightlife but sensibly, keeping themselves and their friends safe. This means planning the night out in advance, particularly how they intend to get home, and knowing when to stop when they’ve reached their alcohol limit.

“There’s an awful lot more at stake than a hangover when you breach that tolerance level,” explained Mr Charles.

“When you become incapacitated through drink your chances of falling victim to crime increase significantly. Why make yourself vulnerable? Knowing when you’ve had enough is the easiest way of avoiding any drama that could cost you your life or your job this Christmas.”

As part of the campaign, the Commissioner is backing the Student Union’s Safe Taxi Scheme which enables students who run out of cash on a night out a lift home from a registered taxi driver if they temporarily surrender their student identification. The Commissioner hopes to make the scheme more widely available in the future.

Mark Beaumont, from Derby University Students’ Union, said: “The welfare of students is at the heart of what we do as a Students’ Union, and so student safety is paramount to us. The Safe Taxi scheme we have in place with Albatross promotes exactly that – if a student has no money on them they can give their student card to the taxi driver and pay at a later date when they pick up their student card.

“The Students Union is happy to support any initiatives that put the welfare of our students at the forefront.”

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Posted on Wednesday 18th November 2015
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