Did you know that you could be fined up to £1,000 for buying an alcoholic drink for someone who is clearly drunk? Bar staff can also be fined for serving anyone who is clearly drunk and the bar can run the risk of losing its licence. The University of Chester is working with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire Police to raise awareness of these laws, wanting you to enjoy your time at university and also stay safe.
The aim of the Drink Less, Enjoy More campaign is to encourage people to cut back on how much they drink at home before going out – so-called ‘pre-loading’ – as well as how much they consume when visiting bars, pubs and clubs. If you are clearly drunk, you could be refused entry or even a drink at a bar or club. You could end up with a hefty fine if you buy a drink for someone who is clearly drunk.
Drunkenness can have immediate health consequences such as alcohol poisoning, and can contribute to sexual violence, accidents and violent crimes. Police are actively enforcing these laws and will be providing extra patrols across Cheshire.
The Chester Safe Space is now available on most Saturday nights, providing help to anyone who needs it, as well as helping reduce the pressure on local emergency services. Paramedics, security staff and volunteers are available to help you or signpost you to a relevant service. You can even charge your phone there if you’ve run out of battery.
Reduce the chances of your night getting cut short. For more information visit www.drinklessenjoymore.co.uk