Party-goers urged to drink responsibly ahead of ‘Mad Friday’

York Press: Party-goers urged to drink responsibly ahead of ‘Mad Friday’ Party-goers urged to drink responsibly ahead of ‘Mad Friday’

REVELLERS have been urged to drink responsibly today as the Yorkshire Ambulance Service prepares for its busiest day of December.

The YAS expects a 30 per cent increase in calls today, as the festive party season reaches the final “Mad Friday” before Christmas, and has urged drinkers only to call for an ambulance in the event of a serious or life-threatening emergency.

Last year, calls to the YAS’s 999 emergency operations centre were up by more than 260 on normal between 6pm and 6am, with a similar rise expected this year.

Dr Julian Mark, the trust’s executive medical director, said: “The high number of calls we receive in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year, particularly on the last Friday before Christmas Day and on New Year’s Eve itself, puts the service under significant pressure and makes it more difficult for us to ensure we can respond to all of our patients quickly.

“Our emergency ambulances are a lifeline in a genuine life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, but our staff are often involved in looking after people who have drunk excessively or have sustained alcohol-fuelled injuries which could have been avoided.

"We’re certainly not trying to stop people enjoying a night out, but ask that they drink sensibly to avoid the need to call 999 and keep ambulances available for those with a genuine need.”

People are advised to plan how they will get home before they go out, consider lower-strength drinks and singles rather than doubles when drinking spirits, and alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.

Anyone requiring treatment or advice for a minor illness or injury is also reminded of more appropriate healthcare services available to them, such as self-care, pharmacists, GP surgeries, urgent care centres or NHS 111.

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8:47am Fri 20 Dec 13

notmyrealname says...

are any of these idiots out on a weekend going to take any notice ? The majority of us are intelligent enough to know our limits and find our own way home...
are any of these idiots out on a weekend going to take any notice ? The majority of us are intelligent enough to know our limits and find our own way home... notmyrealname

9:08am Fri 20 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

Typical British look at me I'm enjoying myself forced fun and when a camera is pointing at them they start squealing like demented banshees...we see them here in Tenerife every winter whilst all other nationalities behave in a dignified manner..
Typical British look at me I'm enjoying myself forced fun and when a camera is pointing at them they start squealing like demented banshees...we see them here in Tenerife every winter whilst all other nationalities behave in a dignified manner.. smudge2

11:21am Fri 20 Dec 13

notmyrealname says...

the story above about Hospital Workers shows how some individuals cannot handle their drink without resorting to such disgusting behavior. Hope that the staff will press charges against the offenders.
the story above about Hospital Workers shows how some individuals cannot handle their drink without resorting to such disgusting behavior. Hope that the staff will press charges against the offenders. notmyrealname

12:04pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Maquis says...

Lets please remember that 99% of the people out today will be sensible, have a good drink, have a good time, then go home. They will not start a fight, scream in the street or throw up / urinate in a doorway.
It is a minority of people who do this, and they should be dealt with. Those who think it is acceptable to attack hospital staff should be heavily prosecuted, but please do not be under the opinion that all people who are out today are anything like these people.
Lets please remember that 99% of the people out today will be sensible, have a good drink, have a good time, then go home. They will not start a fight, scream in the street or throw up / urinate in a doorway. It is a minority of people who do this, and they should be dealt with. Those who think it is acceptable to attack hospital staff should be heavily prosecuted, but please do not be under the opinion that all people who are out today are anything like these people. Maquis

4:04pm Fri 20 Dec 13

markymmark says...

Perhaps the press could act responsibly by not referring to the Friday before Christmas as "Mad Friday" thus giving licence to that very small percentage of morons who will then act accordingly !
Perhaps the press could act responsibly by not referring to the Friday before Christmas as "Mad Friday" thus giving licence to that very small percentage of morons who will then act accordingly ! markymmark

1:23pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Teabag1 says...

Not that it's by any means the staffs fault and they shouldn't have to put up with it but I have seen first hand a person who yes was drunk but needed care treated in a poor manner and was even provoct in to been aggressive due to the aggressive attitude of staff
Not that it's by any means the staffs fault and they shouldn't have to put up with it but I have seen first hand a person who yes was drunk but needed care treated in a poor manner and was even provoct in to been aggressive due to the aggressive attitude of staff Teabag1

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