Don't binge-drink like Brits do, Cambridge to foreign students

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A video urging new international students to steer clear of Britain's binge-drinking culture will be shown at Cambridge University this week.

The four-minute video, commissioned by the Cambridge Colleges Senior Tutors Committee, will tell new international students that "there might be rules and traditions, but you don't need to join in."

The message comes less than five months after photographs of Cambridge students stripping off, vomiting and urinating in flower beds prompted concerns about drinking rituals enjoyed by undergraduates, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

The 3,000 pound video is presented by two students, who say: "Being in Cambridge means you're going to be working hard and playing hard."

"But it's important to remember that playing hard doesn't necessarily mean drinking hard."

"Of course you're going to want to relax and let off some steam. But drinking too much can easily make a great night turn sour," Presenters say in the video.

The boozy 'rules and traditions' to which the presenters refer may include the annual Caesarian Sunday event, the birth of the drinking parties for the summer term.

More than 2,000 students descended on a public park for this year's event in May. Many of the students could barely stand by the end of the afternoon.

The video, which has also been posted on YouTube, includes contributions from UK's police, National Health Service (NHS) staff, and city clubs and pubs.

In addition to raising concerns about drinking, the video also warns foreign students that wearing their college gowns out could make them an 'easy target'.

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