BOOZE SORRY NOW? Doctors to show drinkers footage of them wasted
YOUNG binge drinkers are being shamed in a new ‘You’ve Been Framed’ scheme in which hospitals show them film of their drunken antics.
Sozzled revellers needing A & E treatment will get to view shocking footage of themselves staggering about and passing out.
The candid camera project in Cardiff – one of Britain’s booze capitals – is designed to tackle the binge-drinking culture and ease pressure on casualty departments.
Worried health chiefs in the Welsh capital hope people will be shocked at seeing the videos.
Conrad Eydmann, head of substance misuse strategy, said: “The vast majority will be surprised and hopefully concerned about their behaviour.”
Health chiefs revealed that up to 60 per cent of A&E beds can be taken up by intoxicated patients.
Camera equipment will film drunks as they are brought to city centre casualty units set up to deal with boozers.
After they sober up they will be shown film of their behaviour in a bid to prevent them getting in a similar state again.
Mr Eydmann said: “It shows them how alcohol can affect their behaviour.”
Cardiff has a UK-wide reputation as a capital of binge-drinking.
Stag and hen parties descend on the city in alcohol-fuelled hordes – and streets are littered with passed-out revellers.
People have described the scenes of stumbling shot drinkers as like witnessing a “zombie apocalypse”.
If the camera scheme proves successful it could be rolled out nationwide.