Drinkers warned as new nightclub measures will be tested against ‘pre-drinking’
While most people enjoy a pre-game moment, ie having a few bevvies at home before a night out, all that could change with new nightclub measures being tested in the UK.
With a cost of living crisis in full swing, Pre-Consumer is the perfect antidote for those who can’t justify paying for all-night rounds.
But unfortunately, getting run over and then going out can lead to some really bad decisions.
In a bid to keep revelers safe, Durham City Center launched a new initiative this month under which bouncers at bars and clubs are equipped to analyze punters’ breath to determine who to allow through the doors.
The breathalyzers will work using a light system, which means that if you’ve had a few drinks before heading into town, you’ll be fine.
However, staff will be alerted if the device detects potentially dangerous blood alcohol levels.
Durham Police said the aim was to ‘end the culture of preloading’ to give people ‘a better chance to make more informed decisions on a night out’.
Durham City Borough Inspector Dave Clarke explained: “We are committed to ensuring that people are safe when they go out at night.
“Unfortunately, time and again we see the negative effects of alcohol on people, whether through violence against others, antisocial behavior or unawareness of their surroundings.
“Not everyone will be breathalysed, it will be up to the gate staff to judge who might benefit from not drinking that night.
“We want everyone to have a good night’s sleep, but we also want to make sure they get home safely and without disturbing the residents.”
The rollout comes after Durham City Safety Group launched The Hub at St Nic’s Church earlier this year, which provides support and a safe space for those in need while drinking.
It is clear that Durham has increased its security measures, as social welfare officers have also been placed in clubs and bars to help those who are sick, vulnerable or victims of crime.
For busier nights, plans are also in place to launch CCTV operators and additional lighting in areas of concern.
Speaking about the breathalyzer system, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen, said: “This initiative is a welcome addition to our nighttime economy and a step in the right direction to keep our revelers safe.
“I hope we can follow the example of other regions that have introduced breathalyzers, reducing the incidence of violent crime on our streets.
“When used appropriately, this program will ensure that while the public may enjoy a night out, they also do not exceed a safe drinking limit, leading to their own health , its safety and that of the public in danger.”
Whether the measures will be introduced in the rest of the UK remains to be seen, but regardless, it’s always best not to go crazy pre-game, however tempting that may be.
Not only does this put you in danger, but you could end up dozing off and fall victim to a friend’s Sharpie attack.