How to spot a drunk
Across the land (apart from the bars in the House of Commons and House of Lords) pubs and clubs are going to have undercover policeman looking for drunk people. The Home Office have issued guidelines (thanks to The Publican
for giving me details) to help spot drunks.
How can police spot a drunk?
Police have been told that the aim of the guidelines is “to present such compelling physical evidence of the person’s level of intoxication that it would be impossible for a court to accept that the person who conducts the sale did not know of this fact”.
Evidence police have been told to look for includes:
A noticeable change in behaviour
Bad tempered, aggressive;
Becoming loud, boisterous or disorderly;
Becoming physically violent;
Slurring, or making mistakes in speech; and
A lack of judgment
Being careless with money;
Annoying other persons, employees etc;
Exhibiting inappropriate sexual behaviour;
Drinking quickly or competitively (‘down in one’)
Clumsiness & loss of co‑ordination
Difficulty with walking;
Bumping into furniture;
Difficulty in picking up change; and
Fumbling for cigarettes, or other items.
Drowsiness, dozing or sleeping;
Loss of train of thought;
Difficulty in paying attention;
Not understanding what is said;
Glassy eyes and
Lack of focus.
Source: Home Office guidelines