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One punch can ruin lives

18 Dec 2015 10:37 AM

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'Going out tonight? Have fun and don't let being too drunk ruin your night. One punch can ruin lives, rethink that extra drink.'

The seventh message of Northumbria Police's '12 messages of Christmas' in Sunderland and South Tyneside is a reminder that situations can quickly escalate out of control when alcohol is involved.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: "It's important that people recognise the signs that they or their friends have had enough to drink. Situations can quickly escalate out of control when people are drunk, arguments can quickly turn to fights and people who would ordinarily stay out of trouble can end up hurting somebody and getting arrested.

"Our messages is have fun but don't let being too drunk ruin your night. One punch can have devastating consequences whether you're a victim or offender - rethink that extra drink."