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Drinkers warned as new nightclub measures to be trialled against 'pre-drinking'

Daisy Phillipson

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Drinkers warned as new nightclub measures to be trialled against 'pre-drinking'

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While most people enjoy a spot of pre-gaming, aka having a few bevvies at home before a night out, this could all change with new nightclub measures being trialled in the UK.

With a cost-of-living crisis in full swing, pre-drinking is the perfect antidote to those who can't justify paying for rounds all night.

But unfortunately getting smashed and then going out can lead to some seriously bad decision-making.

In a bid to keep party-goers safe, Durham city centre has rolled out a new initiative this month whereby bouncers at bars and clubs are being equipped to breathalyse punters as a guide on who to allow through the doors.

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Pre-drinking is fine so long as it's not taken to dangerous levels. Credit: BMD Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Pre-drinking is fine so long as it's not taken to dangerous levels. Credit: BMD Images/Alamy Stock Photo

The breathalysers will work using a lights system, meaning if you've had a few tipples before hitting the town you'll be fine.

However, staff will be alerted if the device detects potentially unsafe blood alcohol levels.

Durham police said the aim is to 'stop the culture of pre-loading' in order to give people a 'better chance to make more informed decisions on a night out'.

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Durham City Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Clarke explained: "We are committed to making sure people are safe when they are on a night out.

"Sadly, time and again we see the negative effects alcohol has on people, whether it be through violence against others, anti-social behaviour or not being aware of their surroundings.

The breathalysers will work using a lights system. Credit: Martin Brayley/Alamy Stock Photo
The breathalysers will work using a lights system. Credit: Martin Brayley/Alamy Stock Photo

"Not everyone will be breathalysed, it will be down to door staff to judge those individuals who might benefit from not drinking any more that night.

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"We want everyone to have a great night, but we also want to make sure they make it home safely, and without causing any disruption to residents."

The rollout arrives after the Durham City Safety Group's launch of The Hub at St Nic’s Church earlier this year, which offers support and a safe space to those who need it while out drinking.

Clearly Durham has ramped up its safety measures, as welfare officers have also been placed in clubs and bars to assist those who are unwell, vulnerable or a victim of crime.

For busier nights, plans are also in place to launch CCTV operators and additional lighting in areas of concern.

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Speaking about the breathalyser scheme, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen said: "This initiative is a welcome addition to our night-time economy and a step in the right direction for keeping our revellers safe.

"I hope that we will be able to follow the example of other areas who have introduced the breathalysers, in reducing violence crime incidences on our streets.

Durham has been ramping up its safety measures to keep people safe on nights out. Credit: Unsplash
Durham has been ramping up its safety measures to keep people safe on nights out. Credit: Unsplash

"When used appropriately this scheme will ensure that whilst the public can enjoy an evening out, they also don’t exceed a safe limit of alcohol consumption leading them to put their own health, safety and that of the public in danger."

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Whether the measures will be introduced across the rest of the UK is yet to be seen, but regardless, it's always best to not go mad at the pre-gaming, as tempting as it might be.

Not only does it put you at risk, but you might end up snoozing and falling victim to a friend's Sharpie attack.

Topics: Food And Drink, UK News

Daisy Phillipson
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