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 Think Before You Drink

23 December 2010

Drink irresponsibly during the festive period and you might end up with more than just a hangover.

That’s the message from Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

Alcohol is one of the leading causes of accidents in the UK and this problem can become exacerbated during the festive season when the enjoyment of an alcoholic drink tends to play a part in many celebrations. 

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is asking people to think about the consequences of their actions and to drink sensibly to keep themselves, and others, free from harm at what is traditionally their busiest time of year. 

A&E Operations Director Keith Prior said: “The high volume of calls we receive around Christmas and on New Year’s Eve puts the service under increased pressure and makes it harder for us to ensure we can get to other patients quickly.

“Our emergency resources can be a lifeline in a genuine life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack but are too often caught up dealing with people with excessive drunkenness and alcohol-fuelled injuries which could have been avoided.

“We’re not saying people shouldn’t enjoy an alcoholic drink while celebrating, but ask that they do so sensibly to avoid the need for an ambulance and leaving them available for those with a genuine need.” 

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is also reminding people who require treatment or advice for a minor condition to consider the variety of other healthcare services available them and only to call 999 when someone is in need of time-critical help. 

Did you know...

People should not regularly exceed their recommended daily amounts of alcohol, which is three to four units for a man and two to three units for a woman. To put that into real terms a pint of four percent lager contains 2.3 units as does a 175ml glass of 13 percent wine.  

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