Channel 4’s series about health care seen through the eyes of ambulance workers has a programme dedicated to alcohol this evening at 9pm http://www.channel4.com/programmes/999-whats-your-emergency. For anyone who has never been in an A&E department on a Friday or Saturday night, this should be required viewing.
It’s easy to watch this stuff and be horrified and to feel nothing but sympathy for the ambulance staff, the police, and the A&E nurses who have to mop up the damage. It’s less easy to watch this stuff and put yourself in the shoes of the drinkers, but aren’t we all just a hair’s breadth away from them? Nobody sets out on a night’s drinking to end up in A&E, just like nobody with a serious alcohol problem set out to become dependent on alcohol.