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Emergency services brace for booze-fuelled ‘Black Eye Friday’

Paramedics, police and hospitals are braced for a traditional surge in binge drinking tonight, in what is fast becoming known as an annual ‘Black Friday of booze’. The last Friday before Christmas – also known as Mad Friday or Black Eye Friday – is often treated as a party day, with many office parties being scheduled for the date. There was a reported 114 per cent rise in the amount of alcohol sold in pubs, bars and restaurants sold at this time last year compared to an average Friday.  Official figures show around £3.7 billion was spend on alcohol in England last December, with alcohol sales rocketing by 28 per cent between November and December. And with the seasonal excess in mind, public health bosses are today launching a campaign to encourage people to go dry for January.

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