UK Study: Alcohol-Fueled Violence Against Responders on Rise

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  • Published: 10/29/2015 12:00 AM

A recent UK study shows people under the influence of alcohol are causing issues for responders, who don't feel they are prepared to deal with them. "Perhaps the most shocking finding of our survey was how widespread drunken physical, sexual and verbal abuse of emergency services staff is. Again, police and ambulance crews suffer the worst. Three quarters of police respondents, and half of ambulance respondents, had been injured in alcohol-related incidents. Between a third and a half of all service people had suffered sexual harassment or abuse at the hands of intoxicated members of the public," authors of the Institute of Alcohol Studies wrote. "Ambulance staff were particularly at risk, with 51% reporting sexually-related incidents, but the numbers were concerningly high across all services. This has created a culture of fear in the emergency services, particularly for those out on the streets.


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