Don’t Binge and Cringe Evaluated

I hope that my old friends in the Blackheath Village Residents Group will find some joy in the evaluation of the Don’t Binge and Cringe campaign that was carried out over Christmas.

As the authors of the report say:

2x 6hr stints in a bus is not going to turn around a rising alcohol related crime wave overnight. However, what we were trying to do is give people key facts about alcohol, make them more mindful of how much they’re drinking and what they can do to minimise risks and keep themselves safe.

They have some nice quotes, this is from the seargent involved:

“It was a great opportunity to work with our partners in an effort to combat drink related disorder together. The Stay Safe drinking campaign was a great success and the response from the public to the leaflets and goodybags was extremely positive and supportive. Myself and the team enjoyed the evening and I have every confidence that it was well received by customers enjoying an evening in Blackheath”

The one missing voice in the report is that of local residents who’s thoughts are likely to be the critical ones in this sort of exercise. Nevertheless, here’s the conclusions that those involved come to:

Anecdotally reports indicate that the initiative played a role in calming the night time atmosphere in the 2 areas as well as developing a channel with which to communicate with people when they’re out drinking.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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