Concerned that celebrations of the 2014 New Year will be marred by road
accidents and violent incidences due to inebriation, Magen David Adom has raised
its alert level to treat the injured.
The number of people hurt is
significantly higher on New Year’s Eve than on a regular night, MDA said on
At the eve of 2013, for example, MDA treated 32 accident victims,
including a 16-yearold youth who was killed on the road near Kfar
In addition, there were 27 victims of violence, among them a
22-year-old man who was stabbed with a knife and rushed in serious condition to
a Jerusalem hospital. An 18-year-old youth in Lod was wounded after being shot
in his leg.
About 50 adults and teenagers last year who drank large
amounts of alcohol were treated by MDA medics.
To prevent such incidents,
MDA called on the public not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, which can
lead to a coma and death. It can cause loss of memory, confusion, exhaustion,
poor coordination and susceptibility to violence or abuse.
under the influence of alcohol, the organization reiterated. If some in a group
plan to drink, make sure there is a qualified driver who abstains so he can
drive the rest home.
If a victim of excessive alcohol vomits, turn him on
his side. Don’t give him coffee or another liquid to drink because the loss of
reflexes could lead to him inhaling it into his lungs and choking. If a victim
loses consciousness and is not breathing, begin resuscitation immediately and
call MDA at 101.
Never leave open bottles or glasses containing alcoholic
beverages without supervision, MDA warned.
At parties, someone could add
chemicals or pills to make the drinker lose control or
Parents should discourage youngsters under the age of 18
from purchasing or drinking alcohol.
Do not enter overly occupied parties
or clubs, as young people may be hurt from overcrowding.