The Six Nations championship is just around the corner. The first match kicks off with Wales playing Scotland on Saturday February 3rd at 2.15pm. You might be planning on heading to Wrexham to watch the rugby – which is fantastic! We want to ensure that everyone who does head into town has a safe and enjoyable time.

Therefore, we want to remind you that too much alcohol can turn a great night into a bad one. You can end up going home early, getting into trouble or getting hurt.

We are encouraging people to cut back on how much they drink at home before going out – so-called ‘pre-loading’ or “prinking” – as well as how much they consume when visiting bars, pubs and clubs in the town.

Plenty of people enjoy going out having a few drinks, but if you fail to recognise when it’s time to call it a night, a few drinks becomes too many drinks, your judgement can become skewed and you’re more likely to behave badly or get injured.

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Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “This is about reducing the strain on public services such as the police, ambulance staff and hospitals at a time when they are already under massive pressure.

“Alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour makes for a poor night-time economy and pub scene. Anything we and our partners can do to look at the causes of it and encourage people to curb it before it becomes a problem is a great help.”

Inspector Paul Wycherley said, “The #DrinkLessEnjoyMore campaign isn’t aimed at those who drink responsibly – it’s there to help identify the minority of people who have had too much alcohol and could end up being a danger either to themselves or others.

“People need to ask themselves whether they want their night to end early because they’ve been refused entry to a bar due to them having consumed too much alcohol too early.”
“Drink sensibly and enjoy watching the rugby with friends. Otherwise, you may ruin their night out too if they have to take you home early.”

Wrexham Council works in partnership with North Wales Police, Public Health Wales, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), the Area Planning Board, Glyndwr University and Coleg Cambria to deliver the #DrinkLessEnjoyMore campaign.

More Information
Anyone who wants more information about the possible harm caused by drinking can visit these websites:
nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol
drinkaware.co.uk

Anybody who is concerned about their drinking can contact the DAN 24/7 Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline on Freephone 0808 808 2234 or dan247

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