Night Out , Lights Out

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.

Alcohol can change the way you act

Too much alcohol can make you act in ways that you wouldn't when sober because the way we process information is affected when we've been drinking.

We're more likely to misinterpret other people's behaviour and misread social cues. This could be the reason why so many drunken fights start over little more than a 'dirty look'.

Stop the drunken violence

Locally, there is added emphasis on the campaign following the death of two men in separate incidents in 2017.

Back in July 2017, 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 5 December 2017 just days after an altercation on Baldwin Street.

In December 2017, a fall out between a group of friends who had been out drinking, led to a one punch assault. David Ryder fell to the floor and died from significant brain injuries. Terry Maguire, responsible for the punch, was a long term friend and now has to live with the knowledge that his actions led to David's death, which has left family and friends devastated. This was in addition to him also receiving a four year prison sentence.

Think about the consequences

Punching someone in the head can be just as lethal as being stabbed.

A blow to the head can:

  • cause fatal damage to the brain,
  • cause someone to stop breathing - starving the brain of oxygen;and;
  • cause loss of consciousness due to striking their head on a hard surface.

Walk Away!

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 a day for men and women*
  • Think about alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks
  • Stay hydrated: drink water before you go out, and during the night
  • 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 units
 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 units

Report Crime

Merseyside Police
In an emergency situation, call: 999
For non emergencies, call: 101

Or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


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