It's the same message St.Helens Council and its Community Safety
Partners run each Christmas but this hard-hitting campaign
continues to successfully highlight the link between too much
alcohol and potentially lethal consequences.
As always at this time of year, there is an increase in the
number of people heading out to celebrate the festive period, so in
response police patrols will be stepped up and officers will work
closely with council CCTV operators to ensure residents stay
Now in it's sixth year, the campaign is again being supported by
Wish FM, whose series of adverts have been awarded by UTV Media for
their creativity as well as beermats and posters introduced around
the town centre.
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.
"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."
Merseyside Police Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Brennan
"Merseyside Police fully supports the 'One Punch' campaign and
whilst we want to encourage people to enjoy their evening in St
Helens, we also want to see people act responsibly and, where
alcohol is concerned, know their limits."
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
· Stay hydrated: drink water before you go out, and during
· 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