It’s that happy time of year again when we get the chance to sneak in a few extra days off work thanks to Bank Holidays. Long weekends are a perfect excuse to take a mini break or spend time catching up with friends or family. For some, the opportunity to enjoy another lie-in is too good to miss, and this can contribute to wild nights on the town and all day drinking over a Bank Holiday. While the idea of sitting in a beer garden all day may be appealing, especially if the sun is out, there are dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
The dangers of all day drinking over a Bank Holiday
If you’re thinking about painting the town red or getting your friends together and enjoying drinks in the sunshine, here are some of the dangers of all day drinking over a Bank Holiday:
- Increased risk of slips and trips
- Increased risk of falls from height
- Risk of sunstroke and dehydration
- Elevated risk of pedestrian accidents
- Risk of alcohol poisoning
When you drink alcohol, it can also affect your ability to make sound judgements. You may find that you try and drive, for example, even if this is something you would never ever consider if you were sober. This puts you and others on the road at risk of road traffic accidents and injuries that could prove life-threatening.
There’s nothing wrong with having a drink if you follow these simple guidelines:
- Drink in moderation and know your limits
- Organise a lift home
- Never drink and drive
- Don’t venture off on your own
- Drink plenty of water
- Use crossings to cross the road safely
Is it ever possible to claim compensation for an accident after drinking?
It’s no secret that drinking alcohol can cloud your judgement and put you and people around you at greater risk of injury. If you’ve been injured as a result of drinking too much, you are likely to be to blame for any injuries you sustain. However, you may be able to claim compensation for alcohol poisoning if you were served by bar staff despite the fact that you were clearly drunk at the time. It may also be possible to claim if you’ve been provided with imported alcohol, which doesn’t meet UK quality standards. Call Accident Advice Helpline for more information about making a no-win, no-fee* claim on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice