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Police issues warning about preloading ahead of New Year celebrations

Ahead of New Year celebrations this weekend police are warning of the dangers of preloading.

Preloading involves drinking alcohol on private premises prior to going for a night out at a pub or club and drinking more alcohol.

Research has shown that people who preload are two-and-a-half times as likely to become involved in violent crime or injure themselves. Officers are urging people to think twice about the consequence of drinking before they go for a night out.

Another study has shown that preloading does not even save you money because you end up drinking just as much while you are out.

Extra officers will be on duty this weekend to help keep New Year revellers safe.



  • Hughes K, et al. Anderson Z, Morleo M, Bellis MA. Alcohol, nightlife and violence: the relative contributions of drinking before and during nights out to negative health and criminal justice outcomes.
  • Labhart, F., et al. Drinking before going to licensed premises: an event-level analysis of predrinking, alcohol consumption, and adverse outcomes. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research


Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 29/12/17