Hogmanay Advice

Dr David Farquharson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said:

“We want everyone to have fun at Hogmanay and a few simple precautions will help make sure that celebrations are a night to remember - for all the right reasons.
“If you are heading for the street party, you will probably be outside in the cold for several hours. It’s worth remembering that alcohol lowers your body temperature, so warm clothes are vital.
“It’s important for people who take regular medication to make sure they have what they need with them.
“When it comes to drinking, it is best to pace yourself and have a meal beforehand to soak up some of the alcohol – starchy foods are best. It is also a worthwhile tip to try drinking a soft drink or water in-between having an alcoholic drink.
“The temperature will drop throughout the night and icy weather can lead to nasty slips and trips, which in turn may mean a trip to the minor injuries unit or even the accident and emergency departments so try and take extra care when out and about.”

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