Men returning home from a festive night out are more likely to die than people who go missing at any of other time of the year, a new study has revealed.
The biggest danger for people staggering home is water with 89 per cent of missing fatalities being discovered later in canals, rivers, lakes or harbours.
The University of Portsmouth’s Men Missing On A Night Out study looked at 96 fatal disappearances of men who were last seen socialising on a night out.
The winter months of December, January and February accounted for more than half (53 per cent) of fatal disappearances, with one-fifth (22 per cent) going missing in December.
The report will help the police and search and rescue services to develop search strategies for missing people.
Researcher Geoff Newiss said: ‘Making a fool of yourself at the office party is one thing but I would say the most important thing is to make sure you get home safely and that your friends get home safely too.
‘A lot of these cases seem to happen when a group splits up, so perhaps it’s important to try to stay together on the route home.’
Most cases in the report were due to an accident, with 11 per cent of cases involving a body being found on land after the individual died from a fall, hypothermia or a drugs overdose.
Six of the men who went missing in December were either on a work Christmas party or disappeared on New Year’s Eve or the early hours of January 1.
In the majority of cases, the missing person had been intoxicated, mainly with alcohol but in some instances by taking drugs too.
The cold weather also increased the chances of death, Mr Newiss added: ‘People really should take extra care in the winter, particularly while walking near water.
‘This might be your normal route home, but people can become disorientated after consuming too much alcohol. Their judgment isn’t the same, particularly as some people drink perhaps more than they are used to at this time of year.’
‘Once you are in the water in winter, you have much less chance of surviving.’
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