Young revellers and party goers across Suffolk are being urged to keep safe on nights out over the festive period.
Dr Mashbileg Maidrag, NHS Suffolk’s public health consultant said: "During the festive season many young people will be enjoying nights out with their friends at pubs and clubs.
"Before going out always remember to let parents or family know where you are going.
"Whilst dressing up and looking good is all part of the occasion it is important not to forget just how cold it can get. Although the weather over the next few weeks is forecast be mild, remember that night time temperatures do drop and you might have a long wait at the bus stop or taxi rank at the end of the night. Standing outside for long periods of time increases your risk of hypothermia, and you are even more at risk if you have been drinking as alcohol lowers your body temperature. "
"Your body can process about one unit of alcohol an hour. If you drink a lot in a short space of time, the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream may become dangerously high which can cause alcohol poisoning. This can stop your body from working properly. In extreme cases, alcohol poisoning could stop you breathing, your heart could stop beating or you could choke on your own vomit. So be aware of binge drinking.
"Always stay aware of your own and your friends safety and, if you are using a taxi, make sure it’s licensed. And don’t forget the SOS bus – if you are feeling vulnerable or ill, have had a minor injury or need some help the SOS bus will be at Cardinal Park in Ipswich from 8.30pm – 4.00 on Friday and Saturday nights until 31 December, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The bus is staffed by healthcare professionals and volunteers who can help."