Alcohol consumption in nightclubs will remain an “invisible crime” without the help of police and locals, a new report concludes.
An investigation by the Home Affairs Committee into the consumption of alcoholic beverages found that nine out of ten victims received no help ”after their drink had run out.
The findings suggest that binge drinking is “widespread and dangerous”, and urged the Home Office to criminalize binge drinking, in the hope that it will act as a deterrent.
“The creation of a new criminal offense in relation to biting, which is currently being studied by the Government, would help to improve the incident response and the effectiveness of prevention strategies,” the Commission said.
The committee also conducted a survey in response to the rise in binge drinking in 2021. Approximately 1,895 respondents said they had experienced a drink pick, while 1,413 said they had seen a drink pick.
Improvements suggested by MEPs included greater support for victims of binge drinking, more active police action and a more active response from centers with a higher prevalence of proactive binge drinking to prevent future events.
Dame Diana Johnson, chair of the Home Affairs Committee, said: “Drug use is a volatile act. Victims often have no idea what happened, who claimed it, when they produced it or what went into their system. However, they are left with a sense of insecurity and vulnerability, although the threat is well known, little has been done to prevent it.
A concerted effort must be made to end the spiking. Much more needs to be done to improve understanding and awareness so that people can be assured of help if they need it. They need to know that they will be taken seriously and that action will be taken. “
“It’s not enough to tell people to put caps on their drinks or normalize carrying test kits. Everyone should have the right to go out and have fun without fear. The message must be sent to offenders that drink alcohol are genuinely accepted and punished.
Michael Kill of the Night Industry Association said: “We take note of the Commission’s views on the feeling that certain victims were treated with contempt by staff on the premises – we are clear that this is a mistake and we are happy to work with it. the government to improve the experience of people when they report these crimes.
“One of the things we have continued to emphasize is the role of the shortage of door staff in the crisis. There are more women – currently only 10% of staff – who we believe would help solve some of the problems mentioned by the Commission. “
A petition was launched last year to review UK drinking laws following a rise in attacks.
Last October, Nottingham Police announced that they were investigating multiple reports of needle stick attacks at some of the city’s night spots, and drinking at home parties became another “major concern” for police in England.