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Student drinking puts strain on Ca. EMS

At one point Berkeley Fire had seven fire engines, two ladder trucks, and three ambulances in service, and had to call for mutual aid


BERKELEY, Calif. — Berkeley has a drinking problem. An increasing number of Cal students are getting so drunk, paramedics have to take them to the hospital, and it's putting a serious strain on emergency services for the entire city.

In an exclusive I-Team investigation, Dan Noyes shows us what's called a "barf bib," the name by which it's sold. Since the start of the school year -- just over two months -- paramedics have used these more than a hundred times on drunken Cal students to take them to the hospital.

The start of this school year caught UC Berkeley officials, campus police, and city fire by surprise. Never before in one night have so many students gotten so drunk that they needed an ambulance to take them to the hospital.

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