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People Urged to Drink Safely

21 October 2010

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week 2010, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is calling on people to drink responsibly to keep themselves and others free from harm. 

Alcohol is one of the leading causes of accidents in the UK and ambulance crews are too often called to pick up the pieces at incidents where someone has become ill or injured as a result excessive alcohol consumption.   

Keith Prior, A&E Operations Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Individuals who are under the influence are more likely to take risks which may lead to accidents and, unfortunately, the seriousness of any illness or injury they may sustain is likely to be greater than if they were sober.   

“On Friday and Saturday nights, staff in our 999 communications centres see a noticeable increase in the number of people calling for ambulance assistance where alcohol is believed to have been a factor. In addition, ambulance crews working night shifts at the weekends, particularly those who operate in the more urban areas, expect to spend much of their time dealing with alcohol-fuelled incidents such as falls, assaults and alcohol poisoning.

“What some people may not stop to consider is that, when ambulance crews are caught up dealing with alcohol-related incidents which could have been avoided, it can delay them from reaching someone with a more serious life-threatening condition such as a heart attack. 

“We don’t want people to stop enjoying themselves but we would like to make sure our valuable resources are there for the people who really need us so we are reminding people to drink responsibly to protect themselves and others.” 

For information and advice about the effects of alcohol on lives and lifestyles, visit the Drinkaware website: www.drinkaware.co.uk 

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