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Alcohol safety

Drinking too much alcohol can have devastating consequences on your life and could lead you into trouble with the police. You can still enjoy alcohol but it’s important to drink responsibly to stay safe.
Binge drinking changes your normal behaviour – it can make you more aggressive and more likely to commit a crime.

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.

Going out tonight?

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 or being assaulted.
  • It takes you longer to react so you could be knocked down in a road traffic collision.

Drinking and driving

If you are caught behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol you could face:

  • 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.

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