The head of RCN Scotland last Friday night visited an A&E unit to experience how binge drinking and violence affects staff.
Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland, was invited by members working at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh to observe an A&E department.
The goal was to witness the professionalism of staff and the impact of binge drinking, intoxication and aggression.
Ms Fyffe said she welcomed steps taken by the Scottish Government to crack down on binge drinking.
She said: ‘The health implications of excessive alcohol consumption are already well known. There is no doubt that increasing consumption of alcohol is resulting in a more and more stressful time for healthcare staff working in hospitals and elsewhere.
‘That is why we welcome the measures that the Scottish Government is proposing to reduce excessive consumption of alcohol particularly if this results in improved public health, less violence and aggression and improved staff safety.’