Safety warning for Christmas revellers

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With the Christmas party season now in full swing, NHS Tayside is urging party-goers to keep safe over the festive period.

Many people will be out and about over the next couple of weeks at parties and nights out and if the weather takes a turn for the worse and temperatures drop below freezing, it is important to keep well wrapped up.

Revellers should try to wear several thin layers to help keep warm or a coat, hat and gloves - which can be taken off inside the pub or party venue - in case of prolonged exposure to the elements.

Dr Colin Donald, A&E consultant, said, “We want everyone to enjoy the festive season safely. It is essential during the cold winter months that people take extra care on nights out. Remember to wrap up warm and make sure you organise transport to get home at the end of the night.

“Alcohol can inhibit your awareness of the cold and this can lead to accidents and potential hypothermia.

“Be aware of how much you are drinking and the number of alcohol units contained within different drinks. It is also important that you do not drive until you are certain you have no alcohol left in your body.

“Wearing high-heeled shoes and drinking alcohol can also lead to slips and trips when roads and pavements are icy so take extra care when walking.”