Boozy Britain's bloody New Year: A 999 call every seven second...
British culture. When it comes to youth culture youth sometimes gets a bad press.
Most young people are actually and self-evidently good but the media often chooses to run endless stories on anti-social, binge drinking, knife wielding hoodies.
This said numbers don't lie and New Year's Eve saw bloody and drunk youths seeing in the New Year from emergency rooms and police cells across Britain as a 999 call was made every seven seconds.
With stories in NP Health this week highlighting the long term health implications of binge drinking including brain damage British society will have to take a long hard look at what it has to do to make a small but highly visible number of young people feel happier and so not feel the need to binge themselves ill in the name of having a good time.
Violence scarred celebrations and led to a bloody New Year across the country as emergency services endured a chaotic end to 2008.
Ambulance control centres reported receiving 999 calls as often as once every seven seconds - the second highest volume of calls since the Millennium - as binge drinkers turned nasty in the freezing temperatures.
Many of the calls related either to alcohol-fuelled assaults or excessive drunkenness.