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
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
A blow to the head can:
- cause fatal damage to the brain,
- cause someone to stop breathing - starving the brain of
- cause loss of consciousness due to striking their head on a
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
- 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
a single shot (25ml) of spirits (ABV 40%) is 1
a standard glass (175ml) of red, white or rose wine (ABV
12%) is 2 units
In an emergency situation, call: 999
For non emergencies, call: 101
Or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111