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People advised to know their limits 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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