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Course Aims to Help Boozing Revellers in Dorset

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7:27am 26th September 2013

Drivers caught speeding can take a course instead of getting points and now there's a similar option for drunks who get fined for causing trouble.

Dorset Police have held the first half day training event - aimed at highlighting the issues of excessive drinking.

The course is for people who've carried out minor thefts or who've caused damaged when alcohol's been involved.

It costs £40  and once completed your Penalty Notice For Disorder is cancelled.

9 people attended the first course in Dorset.

Course trainer Richard Pearce told WESSEX FM : "The course was emotionally charged with a lot of tears and some eye opening admissions with no punches being pulled. All attendees gave honest feedback which greatly enhanced the session. One alcoholic divulged that he has two months to get his life back on track or he will not be able to give his daughter away at her wedding.   

"During the discussion, one of the students also shared information in graphic detail about one of his friends who had died recently from choking on his own vomit. This was a real eye opener for those who deny they have a drink problem, or believe that alcohol is not an issue.

"We do not want the course to be a weak alternative to escaping the legal system. It is a serious poke between the eyes getting the small minority who spoil the weekend for others to understand that their selfish actions are not acceptable."

The course is currently being trialled across the county.

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