31,000 Ambulance Call-Outs for Drunks

Bright yellow ambulanceIf you had to call an ambulance you’d hope it’d get to you pretty quickly…but what if it couldn’t get there because it was picking up someone ill with alcohol?

Thirty-one thousand emergency calls have been made in just one year for drink related incidents in the North East.

New research from Newcastle University shows that one in ten call-outs for the regional ambulance service were because of alcohol.

So what problems do those call-outs cause? I’ve been out with paramedic Phillip Liscombe for BBC Newcastle:

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