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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 19:25 GMT 20:25 UK
Bingers warned 'wear nice pants'
Police with a woman drinker
The campaign aims to cut binge drinking by woman
A police binge drinking campaign has warned women "intent on getting ratted" to make sure they were "wearing nice pants" in case they collapse.

The advice from Suffolk Police is contained in a free, hard-hitting but tongue-in-cheek magazine, Safe!, which aims to get through to young women.

It warns that alcohol could leave women looking like "wrinkly old prunes".

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust described the language as "bizarre" but said the police campaign should be applauded.

Officers said they were adopting an editorial style which they hoped would appeal to women in their late teens.

'Tongue-in-cheek style'

"There have been a number of attacks on women who have been drinking and there is a serious safety message to get across," said a police spokeswoman.

"We've written this is a gossipy, tongue-in-cheek style in the hope that young women will pick it up and read it and take notice."

The magazine includes an article next to a photograph of a scantily clad woman collapsed on the floor.

"For those of you intent on getting ratted this weekend, think," says the article.

"If you fall over or pass out, remember your skirt or dress may ride up."

'Minger to Fit' tour

It adds: "You could show off more than you intended - for all our sakes, please make sure you're wearing nice pants.

"Better still, eat before you go out, think about how much you're drinking, pace yourself and drink plenty of water in between bevies or better still, don't get in this sorry state - it's not nice."

There is also a spoof announcement from the band "Wastelife" giving details of a forthcoming "Minger to Fit" tour.

A spokeswoman for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said: "The language is bizarre. I've never seen anything like it before from the police. But they have a point.

"It's no good simply telling young women not to drink. You have to get their attention. You have to applaud the police for trying.

"There's no doubt that there is a serious issue in terms of young women putting themselves at risk when they're drunk. Binge drinking among young women is increasing."


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