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Stay Together, Stay in Control, Stay Safe

November 22, 2011 5:19 PM

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This festive season, the Play Safe in Glasgow campaign launches on 24th November, urging festive goers to stay safe this Christmas.

The launch is being hosted by City of Glasgow College and will take place over three sites (Riverside Building, Allan Glen Building and North Hanover Street Building).

The campaign offers workplaces free alcohol awareness sessions or events for staff looking how to find out have a safe night out without getting into trouble or getting injured.

Each workshop last for around 45 minutes and has three sessions which last for 15 minutes each looking at:
- Session 1 - culture and attitudes to alcohol
- Session 2 - alcohol unit/carry out calculations
- Session 3 -  is optional and you can choose from one of four options: plan your night out and stay safe; alcohol, the body and health; alcohol, calories and nutrition; or alcohol and driving.

Nikki Boyle, Play Safe Lead said: “We’re not trying to put a dampener on Christmas. What we’re saying is: if you’re going out to celebrate, stay in control and stay safe.

“The aim of the workplace sessions is to raise awareness of the risks of drinking too much whilst giving people the right advice so that they can have an enjoyable and safe Christmas night out. The sessions are free and open to all businesses operating within the Greater Glasgow & Clyde
area.”

Most recent figures show that, Glasgow’s A&E departments admitted 7681 people in alcohol related incidents in one year and around two thirds of arrests in the city centre are alcohol related.

Nikki said: “There are a few easy things you can do to increase your safety on a night out: make sure you eat before you go out; drink water or soft drinks in between alcoholic ones; stay out of rounds or kitty’s and drink at your own pace; stay together and look after each other; and know how you are getting home before you go out. Follow this advice and you should have a great time.”

To arrange your free Play Safe workplace session, contact Health At Work on 0141 314 0024.

ENDS

More information Dawn Thom, Glasgow City CHP 0141 277 7561 or Laurina Hewson on 0141
277 7455.

NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Play Safe campaign was originally launched in December 2004 to promote three main themes of Safer Drinking, Safer Socialising and Safer Transport Home.

More information is available on
the website www.playsafeinglasgow.com.
In Glasgow there are more than 400 licensed premises including around 360 pubs and 45 nightclubs.

Approximately 150,000 people come to Glasgow city centre each weekend to enjoy themselves.

The City Centre Alcohol Action Group has representatives from: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Community and Safety Services, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police, Glasgow
Council on Alcohol, Glasgow City Alcohol & Drugs Partnership and Glasgow Addiction Services.

Play Safe workshops and events are delivered by prevention and education staff from Glasgow Council on Alcohol.

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