SEAFORD Police are urging people to drink safely over the festive holiday.
Disorder caused by drunken revellers can be a large drain on police resources and a major concern for local residents.
They also warned motorists about how dangerous it was to drink or drug drive.
Sergeant Chris Veale added: “The people involved are also putting themselves at risk in a number of ways – either by being a victim of crime or by taking part in high risk behaviour.
“Secondly if you drink or drug drive in Sussex this Christmas, you could be giving a family ‘the worst ever Christmas gift’.
“I cannot emphasise how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, (either illicit or medicinal) especially as we move into Christmas Party season.”
In the last three years, drink-driving has been the cause of more than 50 per cent of fatal collisions in Sussex during the months of December and January.
Drivers aged 24 and under were involved in over a third of all injury collisions, while 88 per cent of drink drivers were male and almost 40 per cent of killed and serious injury collisions occurred at weekends, particularly in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Sgt Veale added: “Even a small drink affects a person’s ability to drive safely, so it’s best to have nothing at all, or leave the car at home.
“In these tough economic times, it could be tempting to take the risk and drive instead of taking a taxi.
“But pre-planning how to get home safety by lift or taxi sharing must be the best and most sensible option.”