Daily Archives: 16/10/2015

Friday Sober Jukebox – Spit It Out

So this is a special edition Friday Sober Jukebox as I had a bit of a hiccup ……..

keep-calm-and-spit-it-out-6This is what I put in the email to Prim:

So last night I drank booze – accidentally mind you …… Freaked myself right out!!  Was at jewellery and crystal party at my sisters.  She had me acting as waitress so was busy pouring and handing everyone else pink fizz (which was completely unbothered by btw).  I had an elderflower fizz but somehow glasses got mixed up and I ended up taking a swig of the booze fizz.  Knew the minute I swallowed but was too late by then.  Tasted vile but for a split second my brain said ‘oh well may as well finish it …….’.  Didn’t obvs, drank elderflower and munched on crisps to try and get rid of taste in mouth.  Then swapped to herbal tea.  Was really acidic in my mouth and then in my guts and could feel it go to my head.  Jeepers – wasn’t expecting that!!
Her reply:

Wolfie’s last-ditch attempt do you think?!

Do you remember something similar happening to Paul at message in a bottle (and you can read his blog post about it here) And he is FINE now and podcasting away (which you can visit  here) 😉

V v unsettling I am sure but well done for not listening to that fucked up voice in yr head. Carry on trucking sober super hero ! xxx

Ps no-one expects the Spanish Inquisition 😉

To which I said:

Who knows and honestly don’t know how it happened as was very conscious of hanging on to my glass!!  I do remember Paul’s experience and reading it at the time.

Club Soda Social tomorrow night and team building at Focus on Friday so sober toolkit on full alert 😉

To which she added:

Circle the wagons missy! Love to you and always here xxx

So a bit of The Maccabee’s to round off my (wished I’d) spit it out moment 😉

And back to our usual broadcasting service  …… 🙂

PS Perhaps you’d like to help with this anonymous survey too?  I have.

Addiction Personified – survey

I am currently researching for a new theatre project about addiction. I am interested in exploring the relationship between a person and their addiction. To elaborate – I want to explore the relationship between someone who is experiencing or has experienced addiction, and the substance they use or have used – as if that substance was a character or person in their life. This is in order to gain a deeper understanding of life lived with an addiction | Anna Jordan, UK


Stronger alcohol policy needed to protect ambulance staff

There was a BBC news story in August that looked at assaults on ambulance staff in the North East that you can view here.

ambulance staffAt the same time Balance North East were urging that a stronger alcohol policy was needed to protect ambulance staff as almost half of North East paramedics have been subjected to alcohol-fuelled physical assaults whilst on duty, according to Balance North East.

The regional alcohol group conducted a survey with more than 350 paramedics working for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS). Two in five of the paramedics surveyed have been sexually assaulted or harassed by drunk patients and members of the public.

Results from the survey also found:

  • More than 9 in 10 NEAS paramedics feel that dealing with alcohol-related call outs places an unnecessary burden on their time and resources.
  • Two-thirds of paramedics said alcohol-related incidences accounted for at least half of their workload during weekend evenings.
  • Two-thirds of paramedics stated that they felt at risk of physical assault when working in the night time economy.
  • 9 in 10 have been threatened at least once and almost half six or more times.
  • Two-thirds of paramedics stated that in excess of 75% of call-outs for assault were alcohol-related.

As well as the report [pdf], Balance also highlighted a number of case studies within the press release.

A case for action?

Balance have continually campaigned for firmer alcohol policy such as minimum pricing and tighter advertising and availability, with much previous work focusing on the need to protect children. Balance say the NHS picks up around a quarter of the £911 million cost of alcohol harms to the region, as well as the personal impact on front line staff.

Whilst the North East may also be amongst the worst affected regions, earlier this year a report by researchers at the University of Bath estimated the costs of binge drinking to the UK at £4.9 million. It calculated that binge drinking increases the average number of daily injury-related A&E admissions by 8% (equivalent to 2,504 additional daily admissions nationally), as well as the impact on policing and road incidents. Add to this the wider impacts to the economy and the estimated £21 billion cost to society figure for England outweighs its tax revenue.

However those wanting to see MUP and other controls are still likely to have their campaigning work cut out. Despite the national Public Health England behind MUP, most would not back it to be instated by the new Government given the coalition’s record.

On the other hand, the Home Secretary’s last stated position was that she was “not rejecting MUP – merely delaying it until we have conclusive evidence that it will be effective.” Meanwhile the next step in Scotland’s MUP legal battle will be an opinion of the Advocate General, expected to be delivered 3rd September according to SHAAP.

Anyone who works as part of the emergency services – be that fire, police, ambulance paramedics or nurses and other allied professionals in hospital A&E’s know that working in these environments you are more vulnerable to verbal and other kinds of assaults.  Doesn’t mean we like it, are tolerant of it or that it doesn’t leave scars.  I know nursing staff who have been so badly assaulted by patients that they have been unable to return to work because of the stress and PTSD they suffered because of the attack.  You used to get additional salary allowances – danger money – for tolerating these kinds of working conditions but not anymore.  Something needs to be done or more good people will leave these professions  …..