Holiday booze warning

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PARAMEDICS fear they could be inundated with call-outs as revellers make the most of the bank holiday weekend.

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) today urged partygoers to “drink sensibly,” in a bid to cut the number of alcohol-related injuries.

NEAS bosses fear that while crews are dealing with alcohol-related incidents, they could be delayed in getting to someone having a heart attack or stroke.

A spokeswoman said: “A lot of people will see this weekend as a reason to celebrate, and most will drink sensibly.

“All too often, our ambulance crews are caught up dealing with people with excessive drunkenness and alcohol-fuelled injuries which could have been avoided, and this problem can become exasperated during bank holidays and major events.

“The associated risks of heavy drinking can also lead to a rise in assaults, including those against ambulance staff, and incidents of domestic violence which also cause problems for our staff.

“It’s easy to forget how much alcohol you have had when you are enjoying yourself, and people don’t always consider the consequences their actions.”

“So please act responsibly and enjoy the weekend’s celebrations with the spirit intended.”