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Nightclub rapped for "irresponsible" promotion 25.10.13

A DERRY nightclub has been rapped for encouraging customers to engage in "excessive and irresponsible drinking" over a two-hour period.
The North’s Independent Complaints Panel upheld a complaint against Envy Bar & Nightclub at Strand Road in the city.
The complaint was over a ‘free bar’ promotion that encouraged customers to consume alcohol to the value of £10 (12 euro) within a fixed period of two hours.
The panel found that the nightclub had breached the Joint Industry Code for the Responsible Promotion and Retail of Alcohol in Northern Ireland. The code was adopted just over a year ago.
It states that no alcohol promotion will "condone or encourage illegal, excessive or irresponsible drinking such as binge-drinking, drunkenness or drink-driving, nor refer in any favourable manner to the effects of intoxication".
Chair of the Independent Complaints Panel overseeing the code, Duncan McCausland, said:
"The panel was unanimous in their view that this offer encouraged customers to engage in excessive and irresponsible drinking in a defined period of time.
"We have now met with the owner of the venue who cooperated fully with this process and acted as soon as the compliance issue was brought into question. We welcome the fact that they have amended the promotion to comply with the code guidance and advice."
Pubs of Ulster chief executive, Colin Neill, said irresponsible drinks promotions were not welcome in the industry.
"Irresponsible drinks promotions and practices have no place in our industry and as the representative body of the trade, we are committed to ensuring that our members comply with all aspects of the code," said Mr Neill.
"The pub industry has made much progress in becoming more responsible and accountable for their events, promotions and marketing output.
"We hope this decision serves as a reminder to all licensees that the code and its panel have a zero-tolerance approach to irresponsible practices."
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