Reading bars and clubs team up with Pubwatch to promote safer drinking this Christmas

Bars and clubs in the town will be trialling some of the new policies created by the committee

On Friday, December 9, a newly established pubwatch group is a running a campaign to promote responsible drinking called ‘We Serve Drinks, Not Drunks’.

Some bars will be using breathalysers on entry for people they believe to be too intoxicated.

Many of the bars will be supporting the campaign by having staff wear t-shirts and by employing designated welfare officers to make sure Christmas parties are not getting too carried away.

A deployment for when people are leaving venues has been put in place to move people along from bars and clubs.

In addition street pastors will be working with door security to ensure people are getting home safely.

A committee member from Pubwatch said: “It’s the time of year when there’s lots of going out and drinking, and it seems like the right time for this campaign.

“We want to promote the good things about the town centre.

“We’ve teamed up with police, street pastors and town centre bars and we’re working towards creating a positive impact and a positive night all round.

“The Reading nighttime economy should thrive, not have a negative at the forefront.”

The FIRST Stop Bus in the town centre, which provides a safe haven for people on a night out, is currently looking for sponsorship to help secure its long-term future.

Story courtesy getreading www.getreading.co.uk

Editors note. National Pubwatch will be holding its 14th annual conference in Reading on 28 February 2017. Booking details can be found on NPW website.