Please take extra care on 'Mad Friday'

Fri 18 Dec, 2015

Firefighters are urging Christmas revellers not to end up in trouble on what is likely to be the busiest party night of the year.

The last Friday before Christmas is often called 'Mad Friday' as so many office parties are scheduled for the date.

The charity Alcohol Concern says today is likely to be the biggest drinking day of the year, with more alcohol set to be sold tonight than on any other night.

Group Commander Richard Priest, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “For many people it marks the start of the festive season as they are finishing work before the Christmas and New Year break. Traditionally there is a surge in the number of incidents involving binge drinking.

“There are a multitude of problems related to over-consumption of alcohol, with the potential for people putting themselves at risk from house fires, drink-driving, general accidents and increased anti-social behaviour, or of becoming victims of crime.

“With the safety, health and well-being of our communities in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes at heart, we are urging people to stay safe."

Richard offered the following advice to people who are going to a Christmas celebration tonight:

  • Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive - and there is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit. You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it's the morning after.
  • If you are planning to drink alcohol, work out how to get home without driving. Options include agreeing on a designated driver, saving a taxi number to your phone or finding out about public transport routes and times before you go out.
  • Don't offer alcohol to someone you know is planning to drive, and don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous. The penalties are the same as for drink-driving.