PARAMEDICS and doctors are urging people not to take up their time by drinking too much this bank holiday weekend.
They expect many will be celebrating four days off and the royal wedding with a tipple but say alcohol is one of the leading causes of accidents in the UK.
Tasnim Ali, assistant director of A and E for Calderdale, said: “All too often our ambulance crews are caught up dealing with people with excessive drunkenness and alcohol-fuelled injuries which could have been avoided. It’s easy to forget how much alcohol you have had when you are enjoying yourself and people don’t always consider the consequences of their actions.
“But, while we are dealing with alcohol-related incidents, we could be delayed in getting to someone suffering from a heart attack or a stroke.
“We’re not saying people shouldn’t enjoy themselves while celebrating, but we do ask that they do so sensibly to avoid the need for an ambulance and leaving them available for those with a genuine need.”