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Caution urged as revelers get into New Year’s mode

Experts emphasize dangers of alcohol

Lawrence residents Alexandra Wendt, 14, and Aiden Wendt, 11, shop for their New Year’s Eve party supplies Monday at Party America, 1441 W. 23rd St.

Lawrence residents Alexandra Wendt, 14, and Aiden Wendt, 11, shop for their New Year’s Eve party supplies Monday at Party America, 1441 W. 23rd St.

December 30, 2008

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Caution urged as revelers get into New Year’s mode

Bars, liquor stores and party-goers are gearing up to ring in 2009. With the celebrating comes concern about safety. Enlarge video

Dr. Marc Scarbrough and emergency room nurse Gail Ciesielski talk Monday about alcohol-related emergencies they could face on New Year’s Eve at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in this file photo.

Dr. Marc Scarbrough and emergency room nurse Gail Ciesielski talk Monday about alcohol-related emergencies they could face on New Year’s Eve at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in this file photo.

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Bars, restaurants and revelers are gearing up to ring in 2009.

But, before you tip your glass and welcome in the new year, health professionals remind revelers to be safe.

“People underestimate the effects of even one drink of alcohol,” said Dr. Marc Scarbrough, a hospitalist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. “People need to remember that even one drink can impair them and lead to a dangerous situation.”

The hospital sees plenty of serious cases involving alcohol — more than 1,200 annually, said John Drees, community education specialist. Between four and eight people are treated at LMH every day because of alcohol, he said.

“Alcohol’s a huge problem for our emergency department,” Drees said. “Alcohol is responsible for many of the accidents and crashes and assaults and occurrences that bring patients to the emergency department.”

During the past year, 118 people died in drinking-related vehicle accidents in Kansas, said Jen Brinkerhoff, director of The Regional Prevention Center of East Central Kansas.

In an effort to reduce such statistics in Lawrence, DCCCA Inc. is coordinating Tipsy Taxi, a free taxi service for those who overindulge. For the 25th year, area businesses — primarily bars and restaurants — will provide free taxi rides home for those who have been drinking.

“Anytime you’re drinking, you should make a good decision not to drive, especially on New Year’s Eve,” Brinkerhoff said. “People are celebrating and having alcohol. They should remember that it’s not just them that we’re worried about; it’s other people on the roads.”

Last year, 500 people were served with 150 rides home.

Ten taxis will be dedicated to providing the free rides home between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday for those who specifically ask for a Tipsy Taxi when calling 842-TAXI (8294). The taxi will only take people to a residential address and not to other parties or businesses.

Comments

WHY 5 years, 11 months ago

Breaking news from the LJW..... If you drink to much you may do something stupid. Please keep reading for other important information such as the freezing point of water.

gccs14r 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I really hate that the busses stop at 8 p.m.

KansasVoter 5 years, 11 months ago

Couldn't the LJWorld find a more appropriate picture for this article? It seems kinda weird to me to show a picture of a 14 and an 11 year-old when you're talking about the dangers of alcohol.

volunteer 5 years, 11 months ago

I heard the term this year, autie, when the first person at Stormont Vail to examine my ailing relative introduced himself as a hospitalist.My guess would have been some sort of concierge. I almost asked directions to the snack bar.

KansasPerson 5 years, 11 months ago

LOL Multi! I was born at the "danger time" of late Sept/early Oct! Maybe I'd better apologize to my mom and dad for having made them suffer from my very existence! (They never seemed to have any complaints.... but even in a happy marriage, hey, children apparently must be viewed as a "dangerous situation" to be avoided at all costs!!)Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says…“People need to remember that even one drink can impair them and lead to a dangerous situation.”And not just about driving.How many of you can relate to being, or having a “New Year's Pregnancy”?September is a high month for births.Don't spend your life suffering from a surprise child concieved after a holiday party! Be careful out there.

flux 5 years, 11 months ago

The Lawrence T should be in full force New Years eve. Lets see our tax dollars at work making the city safe. Will this happen...no......why?......I dont know.

anotherdayinparadise 5 years, 11 months ago

If only Lawrence had some form of journalism that would do some kind of investigative piece on why there is not public transportation available on new years eve, instead of being very keen on pointing out the obvious. (must have had all the reporters out covering something more inportant) As for Tipsy Taxi, try calling them around 2 AM, and then ask the bar staff if you can hang out for the next two hours to wait for it, but you should bring a jacket for the long wait outside.

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