Chester Racecourse supports the Drink Less Enjoy More campaign

8 May 2018

As the race season approaches in Chester, Chester Racecourse are showing their support for the Drink Less, Enjoy More campaign that Cheshire West and Chester Council is running.  The campaign aims to reduce drunkenness and anti-social behaviour in the city as well as raising awareness of the hefty fines that can be incurred. 

People still seem to be unaware of the fines that they can receive if they buy alcohol for someone who is clearly drunk or if bar staff serve someone who is clearly drunk. Both offences can result in a fine of up to £1,000 and premises who are found to be serving people who are clearly drunk run the risk of losing their licence.  

Chester Racecourse is the oldest racecourse still in use in Britain and attracts many people from all over the country who experience Chester races and have an enjoyable day out. Many racegoers then descend on the city centre bars and restaurants to continue their celebrations. 

Mark Wilcockson, Head of HR at Chester Racecourse said “Our bar staff and stewards are well-trained and monitor drinking behaviour throughout the event. We want people to have an enjoyable time at the races and we encourage people to drink sensibly, enjoy their day and stay safe.”

Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins adds “It’s important to get this message out to residents and visitors.  Drunkenness can have serious health consequences, including alcohol poisoning and can contribute to sexual violence, violent crimes and accidents.  It also places a huge burden on our health, police and other public services at a time when they are already stretched. Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost public services within the borough £129 million a year. The police are actively enforcing these laws and encouraging people to drink sensibly, consequently creating a safer city for residents, students and visitors.”

More information can be found online at, liking on Facebook at or following on Twitter @drinkless_enjoy.


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