Offenders who commit alcohol-related crimes getting chance to tackle drink problems (From Bournemouth Echo)
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New scheme offered to offenders who commit alcohol-related crimes
OFFENDERS who commit alcohol-related crimes in Dorset are being offered places on a new Alcohol Diversion Scheme to tackle their drink problems.
Nine people attended the first half-day course of its kind held recently in Bournemouth.
The course is offered to those who have been given Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) and costs £40. If it is completed successfully, the PND is then cancelled.
Attendees included students accompanied by concerned parents and an alcoholic who fears alcohol problems will prevent him giving his daughter away at her wedding.
The course covers health management, consequences and ways forward and is being run by Dorset Police, local authorities and charity Drug-link. Two of those who signed up are waiting to attend detox units.
Trainer Richard Pearce stressed the course is not a weak alternative to prosecution and said offenders are warned their actions are not acceptable.
“The course was emotionally charged with a lot of tears and some eye-opening admissions with no punches being pulled,” he said.
“All attendees gave honest feedback which greatly en-hanced the session. “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.”
The next course is planned for early November.
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