WITH England kicking-off their Euro 2012 campaign today, the ambulance service has issued a plea for football fans to drink responsibly.
The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been warning people of the risks of heavy drinking which statistically has led to a rise in assaults, including those against ambulance staff, and domestic violence.
Dr Dave Macklin, associate medical director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said that there is a link between major sporting occasions and heavy drinking which can result in an increase in medical emergencies. He said: “We are not saying people shouldn’t enjoy themselves, but unfortunately ambulance clinicians have to pick up the pieces following alcohol-fuelled incidents and our valuable life-saving resources are often caught up responding to these calls which perhaps could have been avoided.
“It’s easy to forget how much alcohol you have consumed when you are enjoying yourself and people don’t always stop to consider the consequences of their actions.
“But people should remember that while we are dealing with someone who is ill or injured because they have consumed an excessive amount of alcohol, it may delay us providing life-saving treatment to someone suffering from a heart attack or stroke.”
Staff at Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be working around the clock to ensure safety and additional resources will be deployed during the competition.
Dr Macklin added: “We want to make sure that the 2012 European Football Championship is one people will remember for all the right reasons and that our highly-trained ambulance staff are available for the people who really need them. So, please act responsibly and enjoy the competition in the spirit such a great sporting event is all about.”