A new campaign offering advice to vulnerable people and party goers to “Keep calm at Christmas”, has been launched.
Throughout December, North Yorkshire Horizons campaign messages will be shared in social media and posters. Handouts will be given to current clients with local and national emergency contact numbers for additional support.
Among the campaign’s Top Ten Tips to Stay Safe this Christmas include not giving in to peer pressure, drinking at your own pace and making sure you have planned how to get home safely.
Mark Vidgen, Assistant Director of North Yorkshire Horizons said: “The Christmas and New Year period is a time when people can relax and enjoy themselves but for some people that can get out of hand. Sometimes, people can go too far without realising it and end up accidentally hurting themselves or indeed other people.
“People going to parties and the pub can be swept along in rounds and suddenly feel overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol they have consumed.
Mark continued: “We’re offering our top ten tips and some advice to help people. That ranges from drinking more wisely to making sure that you and your friends get home safely at the end of the night.
“We want people to have fun and not have a reason to regret anything they have done over the Christmas and New Year period”.
Andy Pearson, Clinical Manager, said, “Although many people might be tempted to over-indulge at Christmas, it’s dangerous to assume that you can just “sleep off” alcohol. On average, it takes one hour for the body to process a single alcohol unit – so after a night out, you could easily be over the legal limit the next morning. Don’t take the risk; book a taxi in advance or appoint a ‘designated driver’ who will abstain from drinking and get you home safely.”
The campaign runs alongside advice designed to help people deal with their emotional and mental wellbeing over the Christmas period. This side of the campaign helps people to deal with feelings of loneliness and depression as well as the pressures that can accompany the festive season.
North Yorkshire Horizons will be sharing these messages of advice on social media under the hashtag #KeepCalmatChristmas and #SaferSeasonalDrinking.
Below is a link to our Tips for Safer Drinking over Christmas and a link to advice and information for those who may find the season difficult to cope with.
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