A new trial is being rolled out in a UK city which aims to crackdown on boozy Brits who pre-drink before a night out.

Authorities in Durham are hoping to "stop the culture of pre-loading" in a scheme which launched this month.

Bouncers at bars and clubs will have to breathalyse partygoers before letting them enter establishments on a case-by-case basis.

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The equipment will function with a lights system which can detect unsafe blood alcohol levels, reports Ladbible.

Durham police said the initiative will give clubbers a "better chance to make more informed decisions on a night out."

Durham City Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Clarke said: "We are committed to making sure people are safe when they are on a night out.

"Sadly, time and again we see the negative effects alcohol has on people, whether it be through violence against others, anti-social behaviour or not being aware of their surroundings.

"Not everyone will be breathalysed, it will be down to door staff to judge those individuals who might benefit from not drinking any more that night.

"We want everyone to have a great night, but we also want to make sure they make it home safely, and without causing any disruption to residents."

Durham City Centre eargely rolled out the scheme after its safety group launched The Hub at St Nic’s Church earlier this year, which offers support to partygoers.

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Welfare officers have also been allocated to clubs and bars to assist those who become vulnerable at night.

It has been reported that plans are also in place to launch CCTV operators and further lighting in flagged areas.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen said: "This initiative is a welcome addition to our night-time economy and a step in the right direction for keeping our revellers safe.

"I hope that we will be able to follow the example of other areas who have introduced the breathalysers, in reducing violence crime incidences on our streets.

"When used appropriately this scheme will ensure that whilst the public can enjoy an evening out, they also don’t exceed a safe limit of alcohol consumption leading them to put their own health, safety and that of the public in danger."

It is unknown at this time whether the scheme will be introduced elsewhere.

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