BOOZE SORRY NOW? Doc­tors to show drinkers footage of them wasted

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

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.

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