Don't Binge at Home before Going out, Say Medics

The Evening Standard (London, England), December 16, 2011 | Go to article overview

Don't Binge at Home before Going out, Say Medics


Byline: Sophie Goodchild and Lucy Osborne

AMBULANCE chiefs pleaded with Londoners today to "stop freeloading" and drink less. They issued a stern warning to revellers not to binge on alcohol before heading out for the night.

And paramedics told how the capital's drinkers are using ambulances as free taxis. They spoke as the Evening Standard joined staff on the "booze bus" which travels London treating casualties of excess drinking during the Christmas season.

Well-paid professionals comprisedmany of those on the bus and in the Alcohol Recovery Centre in Soho.

Jason Killens, deputy director of operations at London Ambulance Service (LAS), said: "We're an emergency service and someone who's freeloaded with alcohol and is worse for wear isn't an emergency. We are finding people are drinking more and for longer. They are consuming alcohol before they go out then topping it up."

Last night was the busiest on record for the Soho clinic. Opening for the Christmas period, it was at full capacity. Crews are bracing themselves for a another record tonight as thousands of Londoners head for office parties. They are anticipating more calls than last year, which reached 500 in one hour.

An estimated four out in five alcoholrelated emergency calls made to LAS this month have been from professionals who have been at their office party, according to paramedics.

Brian Hayes, who set up the booze bus in 2005, warned people who drink to excess are putting at risk the lives of others with serious health conditions.

"We're not a taxi service," he said.

"People think that's our role -- but it's not. Our role is to ease pressure on the ambulance service. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Don't Binge at Home before Going out, Say Medics
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.