Release Date: 07 August 2017
Richmond Council and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are joining a London Ambulance campaign to encourage people to watch what they drink this summer and remember to look after their friends when out drinking, so they don't end their night in the back of an ambulance.
Last August, London Ambulance Service responded to over 6,650 alcohol-related incidents, making up seven per cent of all ambulance call outs for the month – more than in December’s party season. Whilst their crews were treating those patients – others, who are potentially seriously ill or injured, could be waiting for help.
To try and reduce the number of adults drinking to excess over the summer, London Ambulance, Richmond Council and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people to:
In addition, residents are encouraged to download Circle - a personal safety app which enables users to stay connected to friends and family, if they find themselves in a difficult or vulnerable situation. Launched by London Councils, it aims to make it easy to stay safe and connected when out socialising. Users simply tap to check-in with friends, letting them know they are okay or if they need help. To download the free app, go to the App Store or Google Play.
The Council’s online drinks tracker is also available – the site aims to raise awareness of alcohol, health and safer drinking. Residents can use the site to help set goals to drink less, see how much they can save in cash and calories by reducing their drinking and find information about local support services.
Cllr Mark Boyle, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:
“This initiative is to encourage people to watch their drinking in the summer months and to watch out for their friends on nights out. We know that with the warmer weather and lighter evenings, people do tend to drink a little more than usual at picnics, barbecues, pub gardens and festivals. This is a reminder that it’s not necessary to over indulge to have a good time. Last August over 6,000 people had one too many and ended up in an Ambulance!”
Dr Graham Lewis, Chair of Richmond CCG added:
“We are really pleased to be supporting this campaign which reminds people to take care when they are out enjoying themselves this summer. It’s important that London ambulance colleagues are free to provide services to those who really need it.”
For more information, or to see the campaign video, visit the London Ambulance website.
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Updated: 31 August 2017