A party company called Carnage bar crawls came under scrutiny in 2009 after they were banned by 16 different Universities across the UK and have since gained more negative press.
The event branded as ‘dangerous’ and ‘damaging to community relationships’ by the media, is run by the Varsity Leisure Group and takes place in over 45 towns and cities across the UK.
The bar crawl was banned in 2009 by numerous student unions after a 19 year old boy was caught urinating on a war memorial in a local town. The boy was spared jail but faced 250 hours of community service for the defying act.
Aimed at University students, usually in their first year, the event required participants to pay £10 to gain a unique Carnage t-shirt used as a form of identification which allowed them to gain free access to numerous clubs and bars in their local area.
Local councils and alcohol abuse campaigners hit out at these organised mass drinking sessions, which often involve cheap drink promotions to celebrate the occasion. Saying that they encouraged binge drinking which can lead to violent or indecent behaviour.
The occasion isn’t confined to the premises of one venue, many take their alcohol infused selves to the streets which has resulted in littering, public indecency and in cases left students vulnerable to attack or sexual assault.
With the event up and running again in the last two years, it’s only gained further negative press. With pictures in papers and online showing students performing various acts of anti-social behaviour whilst wearing their Carnage tee-shirts.