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Nov 03 2017

Irresponsible! Harrow Council Encourages Binge Drinking

Harrow Council’s latest newsletter from the Harrow Deals team opened with an advert for Beer Pong – a game described by Drinkaware as “extremely dangerous.”

And according to an article in Cosmopoitan:

“Because the games encourage you to consume larger amounts of alcohol in shorter periods of time than in other social settings, they increase the risk of injury,” explains Henry Wechsler, PhD, director of college alcohol studies at the Harvard School of Public Health. An even scarier drawback: Your sexual-assault odds soar.”

The council’s irresponsible email says: “All you need for the classic adult drinking game, beer pong! Partially fill your cups with drinks, and then take turns trying to throw the ping pong balls into the cups. The winning team is the one that makes the other team drink all their cups! There are full instructions on the back of the packet.”

It finishes, almost as an afterthought: “This can be played with soft drinks too.”

Tesco appear to have also once sold this product – they’ve now since stopped – but at least they had a Drinkaware warning on the bottom. Asda don’t have it listed on their site either.

Harrow Council needs to take a long, hard look at itself, and the kind of activities that it is seen to be prompting. Encouraging – and the small words about ‘soft drinks’ at the bottom aren’t a get out – binge drinking is an outrageous abuse of the council’s role in public safety.

Thanks to R for the tip-off.

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1 comment

  1. Concerned Harrowvian

    Harrow Council also granted a licence to sell alcohol 24 hours a day to the MIR supermarket in Wealdstone where there is a problem with street drinking.

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