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Camden and Westminster top count of booze-related ambulance call outs

PUBLISHED: 16:48 18 August 2017

Westminster and Camden have topped a London-wide count of the number of alcohol-related call outs other last year. Picture: London Ambulance Service

Westminster and Camden have topped a London-wide count of the number of alcohol-related call outs other last year. Picture: London Ambulance Service

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Paramedics had more booze-related call outs to Camden and Westminster than any other boroughs last year, a study has shown.

According to the London Ambulance Service (LAS), more than 6,650 people were seen by paramedics in August last year after having had one too many on nights out across London.

In total for the whole of 2016, Westminster saw the most call outs with 4,830 followed by Camden with 3,427.

For the first time ever the service is running an alcohol campaign in August – called Not an Ambulance – to encourage people to look after friends who have drunk too much.

Medical Director Dr Fenella Wrigley said: “Drinking too much puts people in a vulnerable situation. If you cannot look after yourself you risk injury by falling or being less aware of traffic and other hazards. You also risk losing your phone and keys, leaving you stranded on the streets.

“We’re asking people to drink responsibly and if their friends do drink too much and need help, look after them so they don’t end up alone, vulnerable and in need of an ambulance.

“While we’re treating patients who have had too much to drink others, who are potentially seriously ill or injured, could be waiting for help.

“Look after your friends and make sure they get home safely, rather than ending the night in an ambulance,” she added.

Also in the top five are Lambeth (3,419), City of London and Hackney (3,272) and Southwark (3,051). Sutton was the lowest with 1,046.

Last August the LAS responded to 6,653 alcohol-related incidents compared to 5,938 in December 2016 with 25 per cent a week happening between midnight to 6am on a Saturday and Sunday.

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