Christmas party seasonChristmas party season is fast approaching, prepare for bad music, awkward small talk and free bars. The National Accident help line reported a staggering 40% of people admit to having had an embarrassing mishap or experienced an accident at their work Christmas celebration!

It is important to remember that whilst you should ensure you have an really enjoyable evening, you’ll have to see your colleagues on Monday, so maintaining your dignity is strongly advised! However, should you, yourself or others take the festivities a little too far, the following is a guide as to what to do, as well as some helpful tips to keep everyone safe and standing by the end of the evening.

 

Overdoing it on the alcohol:

If someone has collapsed having drunk too much; check they are breathing and then roll them into the recovery position to keep their airway clear. Someone should stay with them at all times, this is particularly important if they are vomiting.

 

If someone is drunk; it can be harder for them to maintain their body temperature and they can quickly experience hypothermia. If they are outside if possible, move them inside; or alternatively, keep them warm with a jacket or blanket. Whoever is with them should keep checking they are breathing and that their airway remains clear, especially if they are vomiting.

 

Alcohol can make it hard to assess the severity of someone’s symptoms. If someone has hit their head and they are drunk; they should always be seen by a medical professional. Anyone who has suffered a head injury should be monitored for the next 48 hours to check for any signs of brain injury; this is absolutely vital if if they have been drinking or have taken any other substances. If concerned, call an ambulance immediately.

Always keep an eye on your drink, never leave it unattended as sadly it is relatively common for men and women to have their drink spiked. Take care.

 

Getting to the party and back

On cold winters nights it is important that you can get home safely after a Christmas party.

  • Book a reputable taxi in advance to collect you from the party, or use an Uber.
  • Arrange as a group to drive and have an allocated designated driver who will not drink that evening.
  • If you are planning to take public transport plan your route first and travel as a group.
  • If you in a bar meeting someone and feel uncomfortable, many bars have a scheme such as Ask for Angela or Angel Shots, where you can go to the bar and the code word will ensure they discretely call you a cab and enable you to escape safely.

 

Have a look at how to prevent Accidents at Christmas

 

It is strongly advised that you attend a Practical First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit firstaidforlife.org.uk emma@firstaidforlife.org.uk or tel 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses. First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.

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