The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is advising students to look after themselves and their fellow academics as Freshers’ Week commences at the regions many universities.
As students new and old, head to university once more this autumn, many will spend the first week acquainting with themselves with the local city’s nightlife, and EEAST is offering recommendations on how students can enjoy a safe Freshers’ Week.
A spokesperson for EEAST said: “We hope that all the students have a fantastic and safe Freshers’ Week. Unfortunately, some people do get carried away with their celebrations which can result in an ambulance call out. To help avoid spending part of your Freshers’ Week in hospital, we’d advise you to drink responsibly. We recommend you eat before you go out drinking, and alternate your alcoholic drinks with a soft drink. Know your limits and stick to them, don’t be tempted to over-indulge to impress your peers.”
The spokesperson added: “Don’t leave you drinks unattended, and make sure you look after your friends as well – keep an eye on them in case you notice they’re taking a turn for the worse. Ensure your journey home is planned before you go out and don’t be tempted to head off into a new city by yourself.
“Of course this advice doesn’t just apply during Freshers’ Week, we want everyone to have a fun, safe term.”
EEAST will be out and about at events during Freshers’ Week offering health advice for students as well as demonstrating first aid techniques.