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Think before you drink - in case it causes distress to others

Steve Fiske and Mike Lorenz at The Whalebone Freehouse pub in Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Steve Fiske and Mike Lorenz at The Whalebone Freehouse pub in Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Many people enjoy a few drinks during a night out.

For the vast majority of people who are careful about how much they drink, there is no reason why that should be a problem.

But pub landlords have said they increasingly see people “pre-loading” - drinking at home before going out to drink more.

Clearly, bar staff in pubs have a responsibility to ensure they are monitoring people and picking up early signs anti-social behaviour before it gets out of hand.

But as some managers said, it can be difficult to judge how much a person has had to drink before they set foot inside. That is why supermarkets must sell alcohol responsibly and police must crack down on repeat offenders.

But perhaps the biggest responsibility lies with us - to make sure we moderate what we drink and not doing anything that causes alarm or distress to others.

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