Taking them to the limits

STUDENTS will be putting on beer goggles today (Thursday) as part of North Hertfordshire College s Alcohol Awareness campaign. The eye wear will stop the Hitchin site students seeing alcohol-related issues through rose tinted glasses during the local NHS

STUDENTS will be putting on beer goggles today (Thursday) as part of North Hertfordshire College's Alcohol Awareness campaign.

The eye wear will stop the Hitchin site students seeing alcohol-related issues through rose tinted glasses during the local NHS Alcohol Awareness month for the national 'Know Your Limit' initiative.

A number of activities will take place including a Sexual Health Officer from the local PCT performing condom demonstrations with the special beer goggles to highlight the dangers of putting them on under the influence.

Shocking results show that half of Hertfordshire's drunk pedestrian fatalities during 2002-2005 occurred in North Herts. Therefore, the Herts Road Safety team will be there highlighting issues for the Christmas period relating to drunk pedestrians and drink driving.

The Chiltern FM Black Thunder team will also help create awareness by finding out student views on alcohol issues and broadcasting interviews.

The event is jointly organised by NHC Students' Union and North Herts Community Partnership who will be on hand to give out information and advice.

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Fintan Donohue, Principal at North Hertfordshire College said: "We encourage our students to enjoy the pre Christmas period. It will be a time of celebrations and parties for many. The Alcohol Awareness Campaign reminds students that responsible drinking is the best way to enjoy the pre and post Christmas period."

The Government led 'Know Your Limit' campaign highlights risks and dangers attached to alcohol, not only for those that drink, but also individuals and families that are affected by drink related incidents.

North Herts Community Safety Partnership is also helping to support other activities within Hitchin Town Centre to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder during the Christmas period.