Young people have been encouraged to make drinking water part of their Christmas nights out in Crawley.
The Water Angel campaign, which was launched by West Sussex County Council at Moka nighclub last year, encourages revellers to drink water in an attempt to reduce antisocial behaviour and hangovers.
Holly Yandall, the county council’s Public Health Lead for Drugs and Alcohol, said: “We’re not trying to preach to people about the negative effects of alcohol and we’re certainly not telling people to stop having a good time – our message is simply to encourage people to drink more water on a night out to keep them hydrated, in control and safe so they can keep a good night good.
“Drinking even just a few glasses of water over the course of an evening out will not only make sure you last longer and have a better time but will also ease the dreaded hangover in the morning! Remember, tap water is free so just ask at the bar.”
The message to the town’s licensed premises was simple too – if customers are encouraged to drink responsibly by taking in water, they’re more likely to stay out longer and cause less trouble.
Michael Jones, Crawley Borough Council Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “I’m incredibly pleased to see that this fantastic campaign is back in Crawley for another party season. We want people to enjoy themselves in the town all year round, not just at Christmas, but we certainly want to see them do it safely and responsibly.
“I love Water Angel’s main message, which is ‘keep a good night good’ that’s exactly what we want in Crawley – lots of people having a great time while still able to take good care of themselves.”
A borough council spokesman said local research had found young adults often avoid drinking water on a night out because they don’t want to queue up at the bar and miss out on the fun with their friends.
“They often forget to drink water, sometimes simply just never getting round to it, or they see it as a sign of weakness.
“Water Angel’s simple message is that by drinking water as part of a night out between alcoholic drinks, people can stay out longer and help to prevent a hangover by staying hydrated.”
More information is available on Water Angel’s Twitter page @WaterAngelsussex or Water Angel’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/WaterAngelUK
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