Advice to help drinkers stay safe and healthy

Philip Astle, SCAS chief operating officer and, right, Paul Jefferies, assistant
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AN AMBULANCE trust is urging the public to drink safely during Christmas and New Year in a bid to stay healthy.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is warning that drinking too much alcohol can increase the likelihood of accidents and injuries to yourself and those around you.

Regular, high intake of alcohol can also cause a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis of the liver. It can also lead to drink-driving.

Drinkers have been reminded about Safe Space, which offers medical care, help and support and general advice for those who feel unwell, lose their friends or have any concerns. Safe Space will be open from 10pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights at the Hippodrome Centre Foyer, Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth on Friday and Saturday nights

Rob Kemp, acting operations director, said: ‘Injuries and accidents are more likely and more severe with the influence of alcohol so please be safe.’