Revellers are warned to drink responsibly

A working group of Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, Lothian and Borders Police and Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is urging people to drink responsibly at local rugby sevens tournaments and Borders festivals this year.

The key message is that while these organisations want people to enjoy these annual events and have a good time, they are encouraging them to drink responsibly and consider the effects of drinking too much.

Paul Richardson from the Safer Communities Partnership at SBC explained: “Getting drunk should not be a pre requisite to having a good time.”

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 has undergone an overhaul of licensing arrangements, and for the first time licensees are required to ensure they have a responsibility to consider the health of the population under the specific objective ‘protecting and improving public health’ specifically within any planning arrangements for events.

Dr Eric Baijal, joint director of public health, added: “It is hard to understand how when we are celebrating the health and fitness of our local rugby players there is such a tendency to be irresponsible with alcohol.”