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Drinkers World Cup Warning

Published Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Enfield Council is warning people planning to enjoy this year’s World Cup not to let a match day drink ruin their lives.

The council is advising residents that it can take up to three hours to break down the alcohol in an average pint of beer or a large glass of wine and is keen for revellers not to be caught inadvertently drink driving the morning after a match.
People prosecuted for drink driving are automatically banned from driving by the courts and can receive further punishments on top, depending on the severity of the offence.
With the FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil from June 12 and the South American country four hours behind the United Kingdom, people wanting to support their national team face the prospect of matches kicking off late and leaving their viewing venue of choice in the early hours of the morning, running the risk of them still being over the legal drink drive limit the following morning.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Our serious message is that drink affects how we see clearly, think clearly and alters our perceptions by reducing our judgement so we are unable to react to danger or spot hazards. 
“Our message is to enjoy the World Cup but remember that just one drink can impair your judgement and could take you over the legal limit. 
Enfield Council is organising an event between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 14 June, outside Marks & Spencer and Pearsons in the Palace Gardens shopping precinct, to hammer home the message not to let a match day drink ruin their World Cup enjoyment. 
Members of the public will be invited to wear impairment goggles while trying to save a goal to see at first-hand the effect a few drinks can have on their hand eye co-ordination with anyone who saves a shot winning a small football (while stocks last)

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