Ambulance service bosses in South Yorkshire are urging people to drink safely.
As part of Alcohol Awareness Week, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is reminding people to drink responsibly to keep themselves and others free from harm.
The Trust said as well as being linked to short and long-term health issues, alcohol is one of the leading causes of accidents in the UK.
Dr Julian Mark, Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Executive Medical Director, said: “People who are under the influence of alcohol are more likely to take risks which may lead to accidents and, unfortunately, the seriousness of any illness or injury they may sustain is likely to be greater than if they were sober.
“On weekend evenings, staff in our Emergency Operations Centres see a noticeable increase in the number of people calling for ambulance assistance where alcohol is believed to have been a factor. In addition, ambulance crews working night shifts at weekends, particularly those who operate in busy town centres, expect to spend much of their time dealing with alcohol-fuelled incidents such as falls, assaults and intoxication.
“People don’t consider that when ambulance crews are caught up dealing with alcohol-related incidents which could have been avoided, it can delay them from reaching someone with a more serious life-threatening condition such as a heart attack.
“We certainly don’t want people to stop enjoying themselves but we would like to make sure our valuable resources are there for the people who really need them so we are taking this opportunity to remind people to drink responsibly to protect themselves and others.”