We reveal the top London boroughs for alcohol-related incidents

17 August 2017

London Ambulance Service has revealed which London boroughs see the highest number of alcohol-related incidents as part of its #NotAnAmbulance campaign.

Not an ambulanceThe campaign, which encourages people to look after their friends if they have drunk too much, revealed earlier this month that Londoners are getting more drunk in August than in December’s party season.

This is why for the first time ever, the UK’s busiest ambulance service is running an alcohol campaign in August and sharing a new, 90 second film on its social media channels which highlights the issue.

Watch our video here.

The boroughs which recorded the highest number of alcohol-related incidents in London are:

  • Westminster
  • City of London and Hackney
  • Camden
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark

Assistant Director of Operations, Peter Rhodes, “These figures just underline the significant impact alcohol-related incidents have not just on these boroughs, but across the whole of the capital.

“It is no longer a weekend phenomenon as our crews have to respond to alcohol-related calls every day of the week, taking resources away from those who need us most.

“There is then an impact on operations in each of these boroughs as ambulances are taken off the road to be cleaned and disinfected. While we are treating patients who have had too much to drink – others, who are potentially seriously ill or injured could be waiting for our help.

“A lot of the alcohol-related incidents we respond to don’t need an ambulance – they need a friend to take responsibility to get them home safely and look after them.”
 

Westminster

Figures show that, in Westminster, over 6,650 people were treated by ambulance crews after drinking too much last August (2016) – compared to less than 6,000 in December (2016).

In Westminster there were a total of 400 alcohol-related incidents in August 2016, and over 4,830 recorded incidents throughout the year.


City of London and Hackney

Figures show that, in the City of London and Hackney, over 6,650 people were treated by ambulance crews after drinking too much last August (2016) – compared to less than 6,000 in December (2016).

In The City of London and Hackney there were a total of 305 alcohol-related incidents in August 2016, and over 3,272 recorded incidents throughout the year.

Camden

Figures show that, in Camden, over 6,650 people were treated by ambulance crews after drinking too much last August (2016) – compared to less than 6,000 in December (2016).

In Camden there were a total of 335 alcohol-related incidents in August 2016, and over 3,427 recorded incidents throughout the year. 
 

Lambeth

Figures show that, in Lambeth, over 6,650 people were treated by ambulance crews after drinking too much last August (2016) – compared to less than 6,000 in December (2016).

In Lambeth there were a total of 329 alcohol-related incidents in August 2016, and over 3,419 recorded incidents throughout the year. 
 

Southwark

Figures show that, in Southwark, over 6,650 people were treated by ambulance crews after drinking too much last August (2016) – compared to less than 6,000 in December (2016).

In Southwark there were a total of 292 alcohol-related incidents in August 2016, and over 3,051 recorded incidents throughout the year.

Ends

Top tips for a safe night out:

  • Eat before drinking: Make sure you eat before you go out or start your night somewhere that serves meals or snacks. It’ll provide more energy, and lessen your hangover the next day.
  • Try pacing and spacing: Having a soft drink or some water between alcohol drinks slows the rate of your drinking.
  • Drink smaller drinks: A large glass of wine in most bars is equivalent to a third of a bottle!
  • Keep a check on how much you’re drinking: The ‘One You Drinks Tracker’ will help you keep track of how much you are drinking and spending
  • Look after each other: Look after your friends and colleagues and make sure you know how you are getting home at the end of the night
  • Plan your journey home: Don’t leave it to chance—think about how you’re going to get home, and who with, before you go out. Make arrangements before you start drinking, and make sure you don’t get left to walk home alone.

Notes to Editors

  • Last August (2016) we responded to 6,653 alcohol-related incidents compared to 5,938 in December 2016.
  • 25% of all alcohol-related incidents a week occur between midnight – 6am on a Saturday and Sunday
  • Top five boroughs for alcohol – related incidents:

Borough

Alcohol-related incidents – total for 2016

Westminster

4,830

Camden

3,427

Lambeth

3,419

City & Hackney

3,272

Southwark

3,051

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