What do celebs and scientists think about Christmas parties?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Labour MP Tom Watson backs Fauci’s call for behaviour guidelines

The Head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said pubs and clubs hosting Christmas parties pose health risks to those present.

David Nabarro said that the “startling increase” in people going to such events outside the traditional festive season would put people at risk.

He called for a firm, practical response from health professionals, adding that a consensus could be achieved through a “sensible debate”.

However, Labour MP Tom Watson backs Mr Nabarro’s call for guidelines to address the problem.

In a letter to the Daily Mail, he said “drinking too much outside should be a criminal offence”.

Mr Watson said that he believed it was time for public health warnings to be issued in the same way they were used in schools and airports.

He said: “It is clear from the comments by Mr Nabarro that there should be national guidance to dissuade people from going out and drinking on the Christmas and New Year period.

“These guidelines should be given in a very sharp tone, with warnings issued about the consequences of poor behaviour.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Nabarro’s comments were made in a letter to the Daily Mail

Mr Nabarro told the newspaper that alcohol related hospital admissions in the United Kingdom in 2017 were up 15% compared with 2015.

He said that almost 70% of these admissions related to alcohol at parties.

He also stressed that many seasonal gatherings required people to drive to and from and it was “preferable to remain at home”.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A recent study suggested that pub and club drinking led to a third of drink-related road deaths

At this time of year many people return to holiday accommodation in the warmer climes of Spain and Morocco.

A poll carried out in 2016 by Visit Spain reported that just over half of Brits travelling there this year said they were planning to stay in four-star hotels.

Research carried out by Defra in 2011 revealed that Britons travelling abroad were the highest users of hotel minibars.

In a four-year average the figures suggested that there were 9,760 cases of harmful drinking in the UK between 2010 and 2012, leading to 146 arrests and 120 hospital admissions.

While alcohol was detected in 42% of hospital admissions and 44% of arrests, the most common cause of harm related to alcohol was excessive drinking causing trouble.

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