Think before you drink, because one punch can kill
With the festive period here, St Helens Council and its
community safety partners are underlining the link between too much
alcohol and its potentially lethal consequences through the One
Punch Can Kill campaign.
As always during this time of year, there is an increase in the
number of people heading out into town to celebrate Christmas and
New Year, so in response, police patrols will be stepped up and
officers will work closely with council CCTV operators to ensure
residents and town centre visitors stay safe.
On a local level, there is added emphasis on this year's
campaign following the death of two men in separate incidents.
Back in July, community champion Len 'Banana' Saunders, 65, died
in hospital nine days after being punched by a drunken teenager on
Ward Street - while a 60-year-old man from Liverpool died on
Tuesday this week (5 December) just days after an altercation on
This year's campaign will again be supported by local radio
station, Wish FM - whose series of adverts have been awarded by UTV
Media for their creativity, along with posters for bars and clubs
and messages on social media.
St Helens Council's cabinet member for community safety,
Councillor Lisa Preston said:
"Everyone enjoys a night out, especially at Christmas, and no
one wants to ruin the fun. But, the actions of a small minority can
ruin Christmas festivities for everyone else and we want people to
enjoy themselves while out in the town centre - especially at this
time of year.
"The whole community was shocked and saddened to hear
about the two fatal incidents that took place in our town centre
this year which had devastating impacts on the victims'
"It's important to remember that alcohol affects us all in
different ways and just one too many can turn a great night out
into a tragedy."
St Helens Local Policing Inspector Matt Drennan said:
"Merseyside Police fully supports the 'One Punch' campaign. A
seemingly innocuous disagreement people have whilst drunk can have
devastating consequences for the victim, their families and
friends, so people need to look after themselves and those they are
out with over the festive period, and all year round.
"There will be extra police in St Helens to ensure that, for the
vast majority of people who want to celebrate this festive period,
their night is as safe as possible."
Make it a night to remember for the right reasons! Here are some
tips to keep you safe:
- Don't drink on an empty stomach
- Stay in control: The Chief Medical Officer recommends 2-3 units
for both men and women
- Think about alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks
- Stay hydrated: drink water before you go out, and during the
- Don't leave your drinks unattended
- Avoid trouble: alcohol can reduce your ability to think
straight and affect the way you process information. Don't be drawn
into arguments or problems, walk away!
- Plan your night: tell someone where you are going and what time
you expect to be back. Book a taxi before you go out and take the
taxi firm's details
*a pint of lower-strength lager, beer or cider (ABV 3.6%) is 2
a single shot (25ml) of spirits (ABV 40%) is 1 unit
a standard glass (175ml) of red, white or rose wine (ABV 12%) is 2
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