18 December 2015
Festive drinkers in the capital are being urged to Eat
Drink & Be Safe this weekend, as London Ambulance Service crews
and control room staff prepare for one of the booziest weekends of
The last working Friday before Christmas is traditionally the
busiest day of the year for alcohol related
incidents and last year the Service attended 32 alcohol related
incidents in just one hour.
While the Service hopes its ‘Eat Drink & Be Safe’ alcohol
campaign will encourage Londoners to drink sensibly, look after
their friends and plan their journeys home, it is gearing up for a
busy weekend and expects to attend over 700 alcohol related
Director of Operations, Paul Woodrow, said: “We hope people will
see our ‘Eat Drink and Be Safe’ campaign and think twice about over
doing it with alcohol this year. But sadly, we know from
experience, that hundreds of Londoners will end their night in the
back of an ambulance this party season.
“We can be called to people who have fallen in the road or on
railway tracks or been involved in fights – often because they’ve
had too much to drink. And our crews can spend much of the night
caring for people who are vomiting, violent or unconscious.”
This Christmas party season, London Ambulance Service has teamed
up with London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service to
encourage Londoners to ‘Eat, Drink and be Safe’ during the festive
The campaign, supported by the Greater London Authority and the
City of London, aims to tackle the number of alcohol-related
incidents that the three blue light services respond to this
Last December the Service treated over 5,000 patients with
alcohol-related injuries in the capital and it is expected to be
busy again this year.
Paul said: “We want people to have a good time but we know from
experience that many Londoners drink far too much alcohol on a
night out, especially during the festive period.
“Most patients we look after have nothing wrong with them
medically and just need a safe place to sober up. But excessive
drinking can cause injuries, like sprains and cuts, and impair
judgement putting people at risk as well as the long term health
impacts it may have.”
Paul added: “There are some common sense steps you can take to
have a safe night out, like eating a proper meal before going out
and pacing your drinking. Also, have a plan on how you are getting
home and look after your friends.
“Please drink responsibly so that you don’t end up in the back
of an ambulance this party season.”
Notes to Editor
- Last year the Service attended 32 alcohol related incidents in
just one hour (midnight to 1am Friday 19 December 2014 into
Saturday 20 December).
- Between Friday 19 December and Sunday 21 December the Service
attended 731 alcohol related incidents.
- The Kingston alcohol recovery centre is open this weekend
- Alcohol-related calls are the most common need for an ambulance
among 21-30 year olds across London.
- London Ambulance Service responded to 5,059 alcohol-related
incidents last December.
- •here have been 335 accidental alcohol related fires so far in
2015, according to London Fire Brigade.
- More than half of the people who died in accidental fires last
year had alcohol in their
The top boroughs for alcohol-related calls in December 2014
Number of alcohol-related
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