We tend to see a rise in alcohol-related incidents when more people go out for Christmas parties and generally celebrate the time of year. This is particularly true on the Friday before Christmas (traditionally known as ‘Mad Friday’). The same is likely in the lead up to Christmas through to New Year’s Eve. And with different coronavirus restrictions in place this year, we anticipate it being much busier than 2020.
We, however, want to urge people to take care and enjoy themselves safely and sensibly as none of us wants anybody to end up in the back of an ambulance unnecessarily.
Tips for a safe night out:
- Stay in a group – Watch out for each other and make sure everyone remains safe.
- Plan your journey home in advance/book a taxi. – It’s also worth knowing how you’re going to get home before you go out. Plan a lift of someone you trust, book a taxi in advance and please only use a licensed taxi or Uber.
- Keep an eye on your drinks – Never leave them unattended, as this increases the possibility of your drink becoming spiked.
- Know your limits – A few more drinks may seem like fun at the time, but it is never a good idea. Drinking water in between alcoholic drinks can also help you stay in control.
- Make sure your mobile is charged and has credit – remain contactable and also be able to contact others.
- Stay away from hostile situations – If you see someone in trouble, think twice before jumping to help. Calling the police or ask a security guard for help could be better.
NWAS Director of Operations Ged Blezard says: “We have already experienced a very challenging year with more people calling 999 than ever, and our staff have been working exceptionally hard. However, the festive period traditionally brings with it an increase in a certain type of 999 call as people can get carried away while celebrating the time of year.
“While we want people to enjoy themselves, we want to use this opportunity to ask the public not to add any unnecessary extra burden on the service by behaving irresponsibly or treating our staff with disrespect if they are called to help. This includes not drinking to excess and increasing the risk of hurting yourself. In addition, we would urge you to follow all the latest coronavirus guidance to help protect both you and your family from COVID-19.
“Remember, 999 is for life-threatening incidents and emergencies only. Please consider if options like your GP Pharmacist or 111.nhs.uk could be a more appropriate option for your health concerns.”