Don’t run risk by drink­ing heav­ily be­fore you go out

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations -

THE fes­tive party sea­son is about to start, and many in West Lan­cashire will be look­ing for­ward to some great nights on the town.

But while many of us like a cou­ple of drinks at home be­fore go­ing out, the con­se­quences can be se­ri­ous if you have too much too soon.

West Lan­cashire Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship is ad­vis­ing peo­ple to think care­fully about how much they drink be­fore they go out and to make sure their night lasts.

Cllr Kevin Wright, West Lan­cashire port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity safety, said: “We re­ally hope every­one has an en­joy­able time at Christ­mas, but peo­ple need to be aware that ex­ces­sive drink­ing can spoil a great night and have se­ri­ous and even heart­break­ing con­se­quences.

“Our mes­sage is about en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple not to spoil their nights out by over­do­ing things be­fore they even make it to the pub or club.

“You end up be­ing ill, and you are more vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing a vic­tim of crime or in­volved in an ac­ci­dent which could ruin your fes­tive sea­son.”

Dave Tilleray, chair­man of West Lan­cashire Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship, said: “When peo­ple have too much to drink, they are more likely to lose their friends and pos­ses­sions, get in­volved in fights, end up in ca­su­alty, or ac­ci­den­tally cause a fire in their home.

“This can cre­ate real prob­lems for those who are left to pick up the pieces such as the po­lice, med­i­cal staff, the fire ser­vice or even their friends and fam­ily.”

The part­ner­ship is par­tic­u­larly con­cerned with the trend of “preload­ing” – or peo­ple drink­ing to get drunk at home be­fore go­ing out.

The trend of­ten leads to rev­ellers be­com­ing drunk ear­lier in the night and in­creased lev­els of crime and other risky be­hav­iour.

Many men­tioned cost as a rea­son for preload­ing, but the mon­e­tary sav­ings can of­ten be far out­weighed by the un­wanted con­se­quences of drink­ing too much.

Insp Adrian Jolly said: “We want every­one to en­joy them­selves this fes­tive sea­son.

“But the harm that al­co­hol can do in our com­mu­ni­ties should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“Ex­ces­sive drink­ing in­creases your like­li­hood of com­mit­ting a crime or be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime.

“We work with other agen­cies in­clud­ing li­censed premises them­selves, to try to keep Lan­cashire’s res­i­dents and vis­i­tors safe.”

The Hur­ri­cane Irma re­lief team at the air­port

Mem­bers of the Hur­ri­cane Irma re­lief team with lo­cal res­cue teams Staff meet­ing lo­cal chil­dren af­ter re­build­ing the school

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