Drunks should be made to pay…


Britain’s drinking problem is a crushing burden on the NHS, costing £2.7billion a year.

Maybe this is not a surprise, considering that more than ten million adults in England drink more alcohol than the recommended daily limit of two to four units. But it has placed extraordinary demands on our emergency services.

One in five 999 calls between midnight and 2am on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Central London is alcohol-related, usually concerning people incapacitated by drink.

Incapacitated by drink: One in five 999 calls between midnight and 2am on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Central London is alcohol-relatedIncapacitated by drink: One in five 999 calls between midnight and 2am on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Central London is alcohol-related

As a result, say health chiefs, seriously ill patients may not be getting the urgent attention they need.

This situation got paramedic and Gulf War veteran Brian Hayes thinking and he came up with the Alternative Response Vehicle. A kind of ambulance, it’s designated for the exclusive use of drunk Britons, in order to free up emergency services for properly ill people.

 Brian, 41, had his idea in December 2005, the same year that licensing laws were relaxed in the UK. The Booze Bus, as it is known, runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in London and the scheme has inspired other ambulance services to start similar ones in other inner-city areas.

 

Great idea mate and one I would have expected from such a group of caring, dedicated and professional people like paramedics…

I worked in a busy city centre ‘pub-crawl’ street and these scenes are oh so familiar…

I reiterate the cure is easy: drunk tanks-two day detention-fine for costs of emergency services…

Alcohol is such a problem…when misused…

I can’t remember a fight I have been to that didn’t in some way have booze at the root…

Thing about stopping people from getting drunk like this- the ‘industry’ doesn’t really want it…they want people to be lashed-lashed peole buy more booze…

Hence the resistance to the above ideas when they are suggested…

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