If 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: