A WEBSITE linked to a Chester club’s student night challenged young people to down a week’s worth of alcohol in one hard-drinking session.
The “Cruise Challenge” encourages students to down all 15 drinks on the club’s £2 menu, including two alcopops, three pints of beer, five spirits and four shots.
The cocktail totals 21 units of alcohol – the NHS weekly limit for a man.
Cruise deny any knowledge of the “I completed the Cruise Student Challenge” Facebook group, which seemed to be set up by student night organisers Beans Chester but has now been removed from the internet.
It encouraged customers to drink:
VHF Orange (1.4 units)
VHF Blue (1.4 units)
Tuborg (2 units)
Pint of Carlsberg (2.2 units)
Pint of Tetley’s (2.1 units)
Pint of Strongbow (3 units)
Southern Comfort and mixer (1 unit)
Smirnoff and mixer (1 unit)
Malibu and mixer (1 unit)
Bacardi and mixer (1 unit)
Archers and mixer (1 unit)
Shot of tequila (1 unit)
Shot of sambuca (1 unit)
Shot of Sours (1 unit)
Shot of Goldschlager (1 unit)
It added: “Can you believe the whole challenge only costs £30?”
City council licensing officers searched Cruise on Monday but were satisfied club management were not involved – if promotional posters had been found, the club could have lost its licence.
Ninety-seven people joined the group, many boasting they could do the challenge.
Beans Chester founder, Mike Hannigan, was listed as an administrator and a message in his name read: “Think I can do it. Count me and Luke in for the challenge tonight. Easy peasy!”
Mr Hannigan this week said: “I was unaware that either my own account or the Beans account were made the group’s administrators and categorically state that this was done without my consent or permission.”
He would not comment on the message posted in his name.
Chester City Council licensing manager Peter Willett said: “We were quite shocked with what we were presented with, it was not only contrary to city council policy but also the conditions on Cruise’s licence.
“However, I am satisfied there was no official promotion linked to Cruise and am satisfied with the action they have taken to prevent that or any similar promotion taking place.”
Cruise director Brendan McLoughlin said: “We do not condone irresponsible drinking. We do not do any drinks promotions and are investigating the origin of the challenge. We will take action against any staff connected to it.”
Countess A&E Consultant Dr Nick Laundy said: “It is frustrating to hear of premises encouraging this level of binge drinking.
“After 21 units they will be unable to take care of themselves, a lot of people in that state aren’t even aware they are in hospital and for girls in particular that makes them very vulnerable.
“Drunk patients and friends are often verbally abusive – it is unpleasant for staff and also other patients.”