Alcohol warning as World Cup celebrations get into full swing

The message is to enjoy the football but drink sensibly.
The message is to enjoy the football but drink sensibly.

With the World Cup now under way, football fans in Angus are being reminded to take care and drink sensibly.

Lots of people will no doubt toast their top team with a tipple during the tournament as they gather with friends and neighbours to celebrate the event both at home and in the pub.

Statistics have shown, however, that a rise in alcohol consumption during the 2010 World Cup saw a corresponding increase in domestic violence.

Excessive drinking can also result in antisocial behaviour which can be damaging both to individuals and communities.

Chief inspector Gordon Milne, chair of Focus on Alcohol Angus, and the Angus Violence Against Women Partnership, said: “We want the community to enjoy the football but be safe, sensible and responsible around alcohol.

“Drinking too much alcohol can have an extremely negative impact upon individuals and communities and can lead to violence, disorder, antisocial behaviour and domestic violence.

“Increases in domestic violence were witnessed during the 2010 World Cup, and Angus figures indicate that almost half of the reported domestic crimes identified alcohol as an aggravating factor.

“We urge victims of domestic abuse to come forward and report any incidents to police.”

Focus on Alcohol Angus is a multi-agency partnership with representatives from various agencies including Angus Council, Police Scotland, NHS Tayside, and the voluntary sector. For further information visit or follow on Twitter @focusonalcohol

Information and details about available support can also be found on the Angus Violence Against Women Partnership website at

Police Scotland can be contacted on 101 or in an emergency on 999.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.