People advised to know their limits over the Christmas period

Ledbury Reporter: People are being advised to drink sensibly over the Christmas period. People are being advised to drink sensibly over the Christmas period.

FESTIVE drinkers are being urged to know their limits during one of the busiest weekends of the year for emergency services.

“We hope that everyone out celebrating has a great time, but, we’re asking people to drink responsibly so that you don’t end your night being treated by us," said Daren Fradgley, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer for West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“Sadly, as is always the case at this time of year, we’re expecting to see an increase in 999 calls to people who have drunk far too much alcohol.

"Typically our crews respond to cases of people who have slipped over and hurt themselves or been injured after alcohol fuelled misunderstandings turn to violence.

"We have also had cases where people have gone to sleep outside on their way home and suffered from exposure and even hypothermia when it’s cold."

West Midlands Ambulance Service have provided the following advice.

• Eat a filling meal before going out

• Pace yourself and drink water regularly

• Avoid being a victim of spiking by avoiding leaving your drink unattended

• Have a plan on how you are getting home. Book private hire cars in advance or, alternatively, only use Hackney Carriages.

• Look after your friends and keep in contact with them if you split up to ensure you all stay safe.

 

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7:30am Sat 21 Dec 13

B the B says...

I understand that if you call an ambulance following a car accident, you get a bill for their service, if so then if you're picked up as a result of having too much drink or drugs, then you should also be charged. I am talking about be totally wasted not just merry
I understand that if you call an ambulance following a car accident, you get a bill for their service, if so then if you're picked up as a result of having too much drink or drugs, then you should also be charged. I am talking about be totally wasted not just merry B the B

9:08am Sun 22 Dec 13

petet25 says...

I agree B.

People get themselves into that state so they should foot the bill. It seems to always be the same people too. They ignore any warnings about drinking responsibly, get as drunk as they can and then do it all over again the following weekend
I agree B. People get themselves into that state so they should foot the bill. It seems to always be the same people too. They ignore any warnings about drinking responsibly, get as drunk as they can and then do it all over again the following weekend petet25

2:51pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Everywhere says...

Not sure what Paul Rogers added to this article - it's verbatim from the WMAS press release ! Still I am sure that it is appreciated by the binge drinkers who are prepared to take the advice which by co- incidence is the same as previous years
Not sure what Paul Rogers added to this article - it's verbatim from the WMAS press release ! Still I am sure that it is appreciated by the binge drinkers who are prepared to take the advice which by co- incidence is the same as previous years Everywhere

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