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|Title:||Drinkers urged to have a safe and happy Christmas|
|ID & Publication:||20131211016 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster Council is urging revellers to stay within their limits ahead of the festive holidays.
Christmas is traditionally a time when large numbers of people go out and enjoy food and drinks in the borough’s town centres to celebrate. However, when people drink to excess this can cause a variety of problems:
• Alcohol affects balance and coordination so people are more prone to accidents and falls
• Overdosing on alcohol can stop you breathing or stop your heart, or you could choke on your vomit
• Binge drinking can affect your mood and your memory
• Too much drink can cause anti-social, aggressive and violent behaviour in some people
• Drink driving is responsible for a large number of injuries and deaths
Doncaster Council promotes a responsible drinking culture through the Best Bar None Scheme. This includes key things like bar staff not serving people who are already clearly under the influence, and venue staff feeling confident to ask for ID. We also look at wider factors such as robust staff training, effective management and excellent door staff. The authority’s Neighbourhood Response Team are also on patrol over the festive season.
Councillor Pat Knight, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: ‘We want people in Doncaster to come into our town centres at night and enjoy themselves. There is a difference between having a few drinks with friends and having so much that you lose control. It’s important that you know and respect your limits. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure you don’t get too drunk - make sure you eat before you go out, drink at your own pace and perhaps try alternating soft drinks with alcoholic ones. Never drink and drive. We want everyone in Doncaster to have a safe and happy Christmas.’
For more information about knowing your limits visit www.drinkaware.co.uk
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