Brits welcome 2011 nursing hangover of the decade

Published: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 14:00 [IST]

London, Jan 2 (ANI): New Year's Eve turned into a mess for Britain after millions drowned to gallons of wine, beer and champagne in pubs and clubs throughout the country.

Things got so bad that members of the armed forces had to put up Territorial Army hospital tents as revelers downed 300 million pounds of booze, reports the Daily Star.

Accident and Emergency units were overrun in many cities by boozed-up punters.

Some, too drunk to make it, were found sleeping on freezing streets while others lost all ­inhibitions, including several scantily clad lasses.

In Cornwall, one boozer was so drunk he toppled 20ft from cliffs but luckily landed safely on sand, suffering just bruises.

But in Kendal, Cumbria, a man died after falling into a ditch on his way home from the pub.

And in Nottingham, another man died following a suspected fight, which led to an arrest.

In London, the Metropolitan police said 77 arrests were made, 24 for public order offences, 16 for assault and five for sexual offences.

The London Ambulance Service said it had seen its busiest New Year's Eve ever, taking 11 calls per minute for the first few hours of 2011.

In Cambridge, the TA tents were pitched in the town center.

Experts said hospitals came under severe pressure with many A and E admissions doubled due to drinkers.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dealt with more than 2,000 999 calls until 5am on New Year's Day.

Makeshift hospital wards were set up in parts of the region. The busiest was in Birmingham Broad Street, where 35 people were treated. (ANI)

 

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