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Ambulance Service Urges People to Drink Safely

18 November 2015

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week 2015, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is reminding people to drink responsibly to keep themselves and others free from harm.

As well as being linked to short and long-term health effects, alcohol is one of the leading causes of accidents in the UK.  Ambulance crews are often called to pick up the pieces at incidents where someone has become ill or injured as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.

Dr Julian Mark, Executive Medical Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “People who are under the influence of alcohol 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 weekend evenings, staff in our Emergency Operations 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 weekends, particularly those who operate in busy town centres, expect to spend much of their time dealing with alcohol-fuelled incidents such as falls, assaults and alcohol poisoning.

“People don’t consider 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 certainly 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 them so we are taking this opportunity to remind 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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