MDA ambulances waiting at Ben Gurion airport 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy MDA)
Excessive drinking on New Year’s Eve could result in injuries, illness or even
Magen David Adom, which will raise its level of alert at 8 p.m. on
Saturday and continue until Sunday at 3 p.m., warns that exaggerated use of
alcohol and mixtures of alcohol and drugs can poison the body and lead to road
accidents and violence.
On the eve of 2011, MDA treated 62 cases of
alcoholrelated overdoses, 38 road accidents, 34 incidents of violence, 30
fainting incidents, seven stabbings and three cases in which drugs and alcohol
were dangerously combined.
At parties, do not leave drinks uncovered, as
there have been incidents in which hard drugs have been added by others without
the drinker’s knowledge and had serious results.
Young people who intend
to party should take a look at the premises before staying so they can see if
it’s too crowded. Minors should not be allowed to drink alcohol.
without driving licenses must not drive, nor should those who have consumed too
Adina Ben-Aharon, head of clinical nutrition at Beersheba’s
Soroka University Medical Center, advises not to have more than two drinks on a
single occasion. Eat a light meal before drinking alcohol, and prefer beer or
wine to those with higher alcohol content. Avoid eating salty foods such as
olives and pretzels, as they make people thirsty, inducing them to drink more
Avoid cocktails with sweeteners, sugar or cream for the same
reason. Drink slowly!