PARTYGOERS are being warned of the dangers of a ‘pre-loading’ before nights out in a bid to reduce alcohol-related harm over the festive season.
Teams of police officers, health workers and community safety partnership staff will be speaking to people about the dangers of drinking alcohol before a night out and excessive drinking while out in pubs and clubs in a series of events across Derbyshire.
They will be in Chesterfield on Saturday, December 15 and 22, and in Clowne on Tuesday, December 18, targeting young adults.
The events are being held as part of the countywide ‘Where will your night end?’ campaign aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm among Christmas partygoers by reminding them how it could end if they drink too much – in a cell or ambulance.
Superintendent Gary Parkin, Derbyshire police’s lead officer 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 or even in the emergency room.
“The festive period is a time for people to socialise but I want to encourage people to be responsible.”