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Don't Let Alcohol Ruin Bank Holiday Festivities

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people to drink responsibly during the Royal Wedding and May Day bank holiday celebrations to help ensure their vital service is available for those who need it most.

For the majority of people, four days off and the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton will mean there will be a lot to celebrate and the enjoyment of an alcoholic drink or two is expected to play a big part in many of the social get-togethers being organised.

With alcohol being one of the leading causes of accidents in the UK, ambulance staff are expected to be kept busy with related illnesses and injuries which has prompted the service to ask people to drink sensibly to keep themselves, and others, free from harm. 

Vince Larvin (pictured right), Assistant Director of A&E Operations for North Yorkshire, said: “A lot of people will see this weekend a reason to celebrate and, for many, alcohol will play a big part in their festivities.    

“All too often our ambulance crews are caught up dealing with people with excessive drunkenness and alcohol-fuelled injuries which could have been avoided and this problem can become exasperated during bank holidays and major events. 

“The associated risks of heavy drinking can also lead to a rise in assaults, including those against ambulance staff, and incidents of domestic violence which also cause                                                         problems for our staff.  

“It’s easy to forget how much alcohol you have had when you are enjoying yourself and people don’t always consider the consequences their actions. But, while we are dealing with alcohol-related incidents, we could be delayed in getting to someone suffering from a heart attack or a stroke.

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

“We want to make sure that this weekend is one people will remember for all the right reasons and, more importantly, that our ambulance crews are there for those who need them most. So please act responsibly and enjoy the weekend’s celebrations with the spirit intended.”

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 in a medical emergency when someone is in need of time-critical help.

For advice and treatment for non-emergencies and less serious conditions, consider options such as a visit to your local pharmacist or GP surgery, a call to NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit a walk-in-centre. 

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