Night Out , Lights Out

With the festive period here, St Helens Council and its community safety partners are underlining the link between too much alcohol and its potentially lethal consequences.

Alcohol can change the way you act

In the UK, 64% of stranger violence, and 70% of violent incidents at the weekend, evenings and nights are all alcohol related.
Too much alcohol can make you act in ways that you wouldn't when sober because the way we process information is affected when we've been drinking.

We're more likely to misinterpret other people's behaviour and misread social cues. This could be the reason why so many drunken fights start over little more than a 'dirty look'.

Stop the drunken violence

In the UK, there have been more than 80 fatalities as a result of One Punch incidents recorded since 2007. Locally, there is added emphasis on this year's campaign following the death of two men in separate incidents.

Back in July, community champion Len 'Banana' Saunders, 65, died in hospital nine days after being punched by a drunken teenager on Ward Street - while a 60-year-old man from Liverpool died on 5 December 2017 just days after an altercation on Baldwin Street.

Think about the consequences

Punching someone in the head can be just as lethal as being stabbed.

A blow to the head can:

  • cause fatal damage to the brain,
  • cause someone to stop breathing - starving the brain of oxygen;and;
  • cause loss of consciousness due to striking their head on a hard surface.

Walk Away!

Make it a night to remember for the right reasons.

Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Don't drink on an empty stomach
  • Stay in control: The Chief Medical Officer recommends 2-3 units a day for men and women*
  • Think about alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks
  • Stay hydrated: drink water before you go out, and during the night
  • Don't leave your drinks unattended
  • Avoid trouble: alcohol can reduce your ability to think straight and affect the way you process information. Don't be drawn into arguments or problems, walk away!
  • Plan your night: tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Book a taxi before you go out and take the taxi firm's details

*a pint of lower-strength lager, beer or cider (ABV 3.6%) is 2 units
 a single shot (25ml) of spirits (ABV 40%) is 1 unit
 a standard glass (175ml) of red, white or rose wine (ABV 12%) is 2 units

Report Crime

Merseyside Police
In an emergency situation, call: 999
For non emergencies, call: 101

St.Helens Police Station
Open 8am-10pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 5pm Sunday
College Street, St Helens,
WA10 1TG