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Enjoy Summer 2012

It is going to be an exceptional summer in Hertfordshire this year with the Queen's jubilee, the Olympics, the Euro 2012 football tournament, the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at Knebworth and the 'Rhythms of the World' music festival in Hitchin.

 

We want everyone to enjoy these exciting events, but to remember that drinking too much alcohol can have devastating consequences on your life and could lead you into trouble with the police.

 

Binge drinking changes your normal behaviour – it can make you more aggressive and more likely to commit a crime – click Web Link here to see why.

 

Alcohol can also diminish your senses and make you more vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime.

 

The simple message is to think before you drink and to know your limits.

 

Do you drink too much on a night out?

 

Click on the links below to ensure you know your limits when drinking

 

The consequences of excessive drinking

Drink responsibly

Have a safe, great night out

Advice for young people and parents

 

The Consequences of excessive drinking

 

Consuming too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your life and those around you.

 

Excessive drinking can:

 

  • Increases the likelihood of you becoming a victim of crime. You could lose your job because you’ve got a criminal record after fighting when you were drunk
  • Increase the likelihood of you committing a crime.
  • Result in you being handed an £80 fine by police officers or spending a night in the cells.
  • Result in serious injury or death.

Did you know?

 

  • You can get an £80 fine for urinating in the street.
  • You could lose your job because you’ve got a criminal record after fighting when you were drunk.
  • You’re less in control if you’re drunk and more vulnerable to being a victim of crime, including having your wallet or mobile phone stolen, being assaulted or even sexually assaulted.
  • It takes you longer to react so you could be knocked down in a road traffic collision.

 

Click Web Link here to see why it is important to know your limits when drinking alcohol.

 

Drink responsibly

 

You can still enjoy alcohol but it’s important to drink responsibly to stay safe.

 

Remember you can still have a great night out if:

 

  • You alternate alcoholic drinks with soft or low alcohol ones.
  • Drink more slowly.
  • Consume alcohol with food.
  • You don’t drink when you are stressed.

Web Link What to know how much you’re drinking? Click here to find out

 

Tips for a safe, great night out

 

If you are going out to drink, remember the following:Get a licensed taxi

 

  • Leave the car at home and use public transport or book a licensed taxi.
  • Use a taxi marshalling scheme if there's one in your town - Stevenage, Hertford, St Albans and Watford.
  • Know your limits and drink sensibly. Stop when you know you have had enough.
  • Make sure you and your friends all look after one another and all get home safely.
  • Avoid confrontation – walk away instead.

 

 

Don’t Drink and Drive

 

If you are found to be driving whilst under the influence of drink you can face:Consuming too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your life and those around you

 

  • A minimum of a 12-month disqualification, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment.
  • The offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least 2 years.

Web Link For more road safety advice click here

 
 

 

 

Help and support

 

If you’ve been a victim of a sexual assault, help and support is available.

 

Click here to find out more.

 

Advice for young people and parents

 

Hertfordshire Constabulary is supporting the Government’s Why Let Drink Decide campaign.

 

There is information for young people about the realities of alcohol and practical advice for parents to speak to their children about the dangers of drinking.

 

Web Link Click here to find out more.

 

Think before you drink