Party People urged to keep safe this Christmas

Published: Tuesday 16th December 14

People going out to party in Wandsworth this Christmas are being warned to keep track of their alcohol intake and plan their journey home.

The council has teamed up with the London Ambulance Service, the NHS and the Mayor of London on this year’s Party People Campaign.

The campaign gives quick and useful tips to ensure Londoners have a safer, fun and festive celebration.  The important things to remember are:

  • Plan how you will get home and book your journey in advance
  • Always look after your friends and stick together
  • Eat a meal before you go out and drink plenty of water or soft drinks throughout the night.  
  • Track what you’re drinking and spending at www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/drinks-tracker-mobile-app.aspx.
  • Check in advance where the nearest public transport links are and check train and tube times. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey.
  • Don’t get into an unlicensed cab, a stranger’s car or a car where the driver has been drinking. Text HOME to 60835 for a list of your nearest local licensed cab firms or book a cab in advance.

Signs giving advice are being put up at key locations near stations and pubs around the borough and information will be given via the council’s website and social media accounts.

Wandsworth is promoting this campaign via the Alcohol Alliance; a partnership made up of council staff including public health, community safety, licensing, trading standards and service commissioners together with the NHS and the police. Alliance members are working together to reduce the harm that drinking excessively can cause.

The chairman of the Alcohol Alliance, Cllr Jim Maddan, said: “Most of us enjoy a drink at Christmas, but if you are going out make sure you keep in control, stick with your friends and plan in advance how you will get home safely. Please end your evening safe at home rather than in the back of an ambulance or in a police cell.”

Find out more about the Party People Campaign

Get the facts about alcohol at www.drinkaware.co.uk.

Find out about alcohol support services in Wandsworth at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/alcohol_support_services.

 

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