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Wales’ Chief Medical Officer warns New Year’s revellers not to ‘drink too much’

31 Dec 2022 2 minute read
Wales’ CMO Dr Frank Atherton

The chief medical officer for Wales has told New Year’s Eve revellers “don’t drink too much” to help reduce pressure on the over-stretched health service.

Sir Frank Atherton told BBC One’s Breakfast programme: “I agree people generally behave very sensibly.

“Sadly, when alcohol gets thrown into the mix, and it gets thrown in a big way in new year, that can sometimes go out of the window, and so we are asking people to behave sensibly, don’t put themselves at risk, don’t put others at risk, look after each other when you’re out and about, don’t drink too much and don’t get into trouble.

“We do see that, sadly, in the UK at this time of year.

“Similarly, this is not the time to be putting yourself at risk with dangerous activities, anything that increases the risk to you in person, given the fact we do have delays to ambulance services and they really can only meet the needs of the most seriously ill.”

Reduce the risk

Asked what activities people should avoid to reduce the risk of injury, he added: “Now is not the time to be going out and starting to do a huge long run.

“We want people to get fit and active in the new year, of course we do, but do it sensibly, think about pacing yourself, about not taking on too much all at once.

“Keeping yourself warm at home is really important as well, looking after your health, I know that’s very difficult with the cost-of-living crisis.

“Watch out for your loved ones, make sure that people are kept safe, particularly the elderly at this time of year, that they are well hydrated at home, because people can get dehydrated very quickly, and we know that elderly people who get dehydrated then run into problems with frailty, they have falls, they need to be brought to hospital.

“So we can look after each other and look after ourselves and keep the NHS capacity for those who really need it.”


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Owen williams
Owen williams
1 month ago

When are these welsh nationalists going to learn we don’t want government telling us what to do all the time!

Sorgina
Sorgina
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen williams

The Welsh government is far from Welsh nationalist!
I agree with you, though, that the incessant preaching emanating from it is highly tedious.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen williams

I’d be a damn sight more impressed if –
a) you’d stop associating the Bay Labour regime with nationalism of any kind. It is currently in a marriage of convenience with a party that has taken to anything that looks like a position of influence. Not a good look.

and b) If Sir Frank issued a warning that people turning up at A&E either suffering from an excess of booze and/or substances, or injured while under the influence, will not be treated. That should thin out the dopey, aggressive and messy intake of patients almost completely.

Owen williams
Owen williams
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

What toddle.
next you will be saying fat people shouldn’t be admitted. Please be kinder in 2023,

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen williams

Nice to see that p**s heads still have their advocates among us, although I’d suggest to them that they get someone who’s a touch more rational!

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen williams

What makes you think that Welsh nationalists like the unionist Vichy Welsh Governments telling them what to do? Although, I do agree. They are a bit preachy if you ask me.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rhufawn Jones

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