Start and end the party safely 

26/11/2014 00:00 
UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) is teaming up with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and Mayor of London to encourage Londoners to plan ahead for a safe night out and help party-goers avoid a trip to A&E.

Six per cent (72,535) of all emergency calls received by LAS in December last year were alcohol-related. As the festive season approaches UCLH is encouraging local people in Camden to plan their nights out in advance.
Jonathan Fielden, UCLH medical director responsible for A&E, said: “Figures show that too many people in London are ending their night in hospital because they’ve had too much to drink. While Christmas and New Year are a great time to go out with friends they shouldn’t finish in the back of an ambulance or worse still in A&E.

“We want Camden and Islington residents to have a safe and enjoyable night out this festive season. By sticking to safer drinking levels, planning journeys home and keeping an eye out for your friends everyone can have a safer and better night out. For those who do need medical attention, there are a range of better alternatives to calling ambulances or attending A&E. Help protect your emergency services for true emergencies.”

Top tips for a safe night out:
• Have a meal before you head out – eating can help slow down the absorption of alcohol, helping you stay in control.
• Try pacing and spacing. Having a soft drink or water between alcoholic drinks slows down the rate of your drinking and means you’ll drink less over the course of the night.
• Keep track of how much you are drinking. The NHS Change4Life free drinks trackers can help you to keep track of how much you’re drinking and spending –
• Think about your journey home – where’s your nearest Tube or rail station to your party, and the time of the last services?
• Take with you telephone numbers for reputable taxi companies in your area and book in advance.
• Recommend your colleagues ‘share the fare’ by sharing a cab with someone who lives near them.

For more information see www.londonambulance.nhs/partypeople

For guidance on health services available in your area go see the UCLH website

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