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Monday mornings in Cardiff’s University Hospital sees beds occupied by people with hips, elbows, jaws and other bones broken in falls whilst intoxicated.
So much avoidable suffering, pain and burdens on families and children, not to mention days off sick and NHS costs at weekends, is depressing.
Discussion with my orthopaedic colleague of last Sunday night’s catalogue of injuries sustained whilst drunk showed nothing but the usual sad, sometimes tragic tales; nothing out of the ordinary.
Falls down the stairs, falls from walls, falls in the kitchen; reference in the medical records to bottles of vodka, huge quantities of beer, and easily enough wine to undermine anyone’s work the next day.
One of my surgical team told me recently: “Prof, I’m just a stitching machine.”