AS Easter approaches, police in C District (which includes Newtownards, North Down, Down and Castlereagh) are urging local people to celebrate sensibly and get home safely.
At times overindulgence in alcohol has led to a trip to hospital to have an assault injury treated, or, in some other cases, a night in the cells for the perpetrators of assaults.
“There is a clear message; don’t mess up your life with a moment of madness – a quick scuffle outside a pub might not seem much at the time, but end up in court and get a criminal record, and it won’t be worth it.”
People out for the night should get a lift home with a friend or family member, a non-drinking driver or a licensed taxi driver. People who have drunk too much can often get separated from their friends and become vulnerable when isolated and less aware of their surroundings. Take care of your friends – stay together and don’t let someone who is drunk walk home alone.
And it is not just the victims of drink-fuelled assault who can suffer. People who walk the roads and streets after having had too much to drink stand a much greater chance of being killed or injured.