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'Mad Friday' plea from Yorkshire Ambulance Service

'Mad Friday' plea from Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Published at 11:53am 15th December 2017.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is appealing for Christmas revellers to stay safe on 'Mad Friday', as crews prepare for a surge in calls.

Around 2,800 of the 999 calls received last December were alcohol-related, according to figures just released.

The highest number of calls believed to involve alcohol during that month were received on Christmas Eve.

December 2016 also saw a 16% increase in the number of calls where the main complaint was assault or unconscious/passing out, although these were not all necessarily alcohol-related.

Stephen Segasby, Deputy Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "While our ambulance crews are responding to patients who have simply had too much to drink or have sustained alcohol-related injuries which could have been avoided, they are not available to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

"We are not saying people shouldn't enjoy a few alcoholic drinks while celebrating, but we would ask that they do it sensibly to ensure our ambulance crews are free to help someone who genuinely needs us."

Traditionally, crews see a significant increase in the number of 999 calls on the last Friday before Christmas, but with Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year, there is the added potential for both 15 and 22 December to become 'Mad Friday'.

Anyone going out for Christmas celebrations is being urged to follow this advice:

  • Make sure you know how you are getting home at the end of the night; book a taxi or check the time of the last bus or train.
  • Eat before you go out.
  • Stick to safer drinking levels; consider lower strength drinks and stick to singles rather than doubles.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.

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