NORTH West Ambulance Service is expecting a rise in 999 calls during Euro 2012.
When England played in the World Cup in 2010, the service received up to 25% more calls on weekend match days.
Director of Emergency Services Derek Cartwright said: “The combination of expectations and emotions combined with alcohol consumption is likely to result in more 999 calls for domestic violence and assaults, dehydration and other related conditions.”
He added: “Ambulance crews are highly skilled individuals trained to help people who find themselves in life-threatening emergencies and this sort of behaviour can have an immense impact on our ability to respond to those who need us.
“Many people don’t realise that whilst ambulance crews are dealing with incidents as a result of drunken anti-social behaviour, they are delayed in getting to people that really need help.
“We are urging people to think first, drink sensibly and remain aware of their actions so they can enjoy the matches in good spirit and, essentially, keep ambulances free to attend to those with serious life threatening conditions.”
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