By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER
Oh dear: Female revellers dressed as fairies in Newcastle fall on the ground after indulging a little too much
Emergency services were pushed to the limit on one of the busiest nights of the year.
The Friday before Christmas or Mad Friday, as it is known, has become most popular for office Christmas parties but the festivities leave paramedics struggling to cope with drink related injuries.
Ambulance services took 250 emergency calls every hour. On a typical Friday there would be around 200 reports every hour.
Staff at accident and emergency services had to deal with hundreds of drink related injuries while some paramedics said it was the worst they had experienced in years.
Fancy a bite: A girl in a sexy santa outfit sits on the dirty pavement while a friend feeds her a take-away in Manchester
Paramedic Phil Guthrie who is part of the London's N366 ambulance crew said: 'It was carnage out there.
'It looked like a disaster movie. People don't realise the pressure they're putting us under,' he told The People.
Another Brian Hayes added: 'It just seems like it's getting worse. It's like a war zone.'
Barely-there: Wearing a skimpy outfit - despite the freezing temperatures - this girl enjoys a night out in Manchester
Legless: Police move a man into the recovery position while waiting for an ambulance in Manchester
Fallen: A drunk woman stumbles to the ground near the path of oncoming traffic in Newcastle
Medic Paul Saddohetoh said: 'We saw the guy leaning against a lamppost, he started to cross the street, got halfway across when he just dropped right in front of us.
'It was lucky we were there' he said to Sky News, 'They're all finishing work early, getting straight out on the booze ... and you can see some of them aren't even getting past 10pm or 11pm.'
Revellers in Cardiff who couldn't handle their drink were put up in a make-shift field hospital at the Millennium Stadium where staff tried contact family members or friends if people were not able to make their own way home.
Wounded: A young man is treated following a night out in the centre of Cardiff as friends lend their support
Down... and out: Medical staff look after injured and drunken people in a temporary Field hospital set up in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium
Research, from online travel retailer lastminute.com, that 55 per cent of employees will get drunk at their Christmas party.
And a quarter will kiss a colleague while a fifth will sleep with one.Other social gaffes include embarrassing dancing, spreading gossip, confessing feelings for a colleague, arguing or being kicked out of the party.
Sorry night: Feeling tired and emotional after a night out drinking
In the gutter: A woman collapsed on the floor watches passers by
St John Wales transformed the stadium into a mobile treatment centre for passed out party-goers - to relieve demand on ambulances and A&E departments.
Stadium manager Gerry Toms said: 'Christmas is a great time of year and a time when people head into the city centre and let their hair down ahead of the Christmas break.
'But while the majority of Christmas parties go ahead in good spirits, accidents do happen, and the influx of people can be demanding on city centre services.
'I'm thrilled that St John Wales could benefit from the stadium on what is an extremely demanding day for ambulance services.'
In a daze: A man struggles to communicate with officers as the nights drinking takes its toll
Got the munchies: Revellers indulge in some McDonalds following a boozy night in the Welsh capital
Restaurant owner Giovanni Malacrino said: 'We're getting quality customers coming to Cardiff to party before Christmas.
'I have people coming from London and across the UK and they always tell me how much they love Cardiff.
'You get the occasional idiots who the photographers take pictures of and put Cardiff in a bad light but that's just a snapshot of one incident on one night.'