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Is A&E a drop-in for drinkers?

Melanie Grant - One Show team | 15:33 UK time, Monday, 1 December 2008

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When most of us are winding down ready for the weekend, the country's emergency services are gearing up for the busiest time of the week.

While they're trained to deal with life and death situations, come the weekend, a large proportion of their time is likely to be spent dealing with cases that are alcohol-related.

Anita Rani spent 24 hours with Leicester's emergency service workers. She witnessed some of the challenges they face and saw just how stretched they can become.

At the A&E department in the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Anita met Adam, who after a few beers and a fall, couldn't fully recall what had actually happened to him.

While on the streets with Leicestershire Constabulary's own violence and disorder unit, Anita saw how officers try to stop trouble before it starts.

Is Britain's boozing culture draining the resources out of our emergency services? Do the Brits need alcohol to have a good time?

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