Stay safe on New Year’s Eve


EMERGENCY service and healthcare workers are encouraging people to stay safe, and drink sensibly this New Year’s Eve – a time when services across the region are typically put under pressure treating people who have

overindulged at parties.

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Alcohol poisoning is not the only reason drinking too much can land you in hospital. People are more likely to fall and hurt themselves or get injured in fights they would not ordinarily be involved in.

“Some people will be responsible and drink sensibly, but unfortunately there are always some people who will overdo it. “

Ben Holdaway, Deputy Director of Operations at East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Every New Year’s Eve we see a big increase in 999 calls. In the first three hours of this year we received 818

emergency 999 calls – that’s a new call every 15 seconds. We want people to enjoy themselves but they must take responsibility for themselves and their friends. Many 999 calls on New Year’s Eve could have been avoided if people had drunk alcohol in moderation and taken care.

“If you do drink too much you can expect to experience that horrible morning-after feeling which involves a banging headache, sickness, dizziness, dehydration, tiredness and weakness.

“A hangover does not warrant a 999 call and should be treated at home by drinking as much water as you can before you go to sleep and during the next day, taking a paracetamol or painkiller to treat your headache and

antacid to settle your stomach.

“Excessive drinking will damage you, so don’t expect to make a quick recovery – make sure you get plenty of

rest and you’ll eventually start to feel more human again.”

Anyone worried about their symptoms or in need of health advice can telephone NHS Direct - 0845 46 47.

East Midlands Ambulance Service has released the following top tips for a hangover-free New Year:

l Enjoy yourself but don’t drink too much

l Alternate alcoholic drinks with a glass of water or fruit juice – this will help to prevent you becoming


l Never drink on an empty stomach

l Pace yourself by taking small sips

l Drinking in rounds can mean you end up drinking more than you intended. Opt out and drink at your own pace

l To avoid your drink being tampered with, never leave it unattended

l Know your limits: men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day (a pint of larger

contains 3 units); women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day (a 250ml glass of wine

contains 3 units).