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Drunken disgrace.

WHILE most of Merseyside was out celebrating the New Year with the odd drink or 10, it was left to medics to pick up the pieces.

Ambulance crews were called to hundreds of incidents in the first few hours of New Year's day - and many of them were drink-related.

Almost 100 calls were to assaults which had taken place.

Meanwhile accident and emergency staff at the Royal Liverpool Hospital were also kept busy all night, patching up those who had been injured while under the influence.

What is is about the British and our inability to hold our drink?

Yet again this year there was 36-hour opening over New Year's Eve. The idea, which is also behind recent Government plans to relax general licensing laws, is to stop binge drinking and after-hours punch-ups.

Well, it doesn't seem to be working. It is not the job of trained paramedics to pick up and dust down the tequila-trashed and the `what-are-you-looking-at' heroes.

People need to grow up and take responsibility for themselves.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 2, 2003
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