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Otley Run could be banned as part of crack down on binge-drinking among Leeds students

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  • by Mark Casci
 

Boozy pub crawls such as the famed Otley Run in Leeds could be banned in a Home Office pilot scheme to crack down on binge drinking.

The 12-month Alcohol Impact Scheme was set up by the National Union of Students (NUS) to curb binge drinking and anti-social behaviour on campus.

It aims to stop pub crawls between university bars and also ban them beginning on university campus.

The Home Office is providing £90,000 for the scheme - despite official figures from the NHS and Office of National Statistics showing that drinking among students is actually in decline.

New figures show the number of 16 to 24 year olds who drink once a week has dropped from 71 per cent to 50 per cent between 1998 and 2012.

Other initiatives include organising a non-alcoholic party every six months and holding booze awareness events twice a year.

The controversial plans would also “tackle” boozy pub crawls - and could see a clampdown historic examples like the Leeds’ Otley Run and Nottingham’s Campus 14.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said: “Binge drinking at universities is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea.

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