DON'T BE FESTIVE FOOL
THERE is a lot to be said for summer sundowners and warm nights with an ice-cold frothy are among the most popular Australian Christmas traditions.
However, behind the relaxed atmosphere is the risk of going a couple of drinks too far and losing more than just your phone.
According to Dr Steve Allsop, from Curtin University’s Drug Research Institute, the holiday season commonly encourages high-risk drinking behaviour.
“The holiday period is a high-risk time; a lot of people are celebrating and perhaps they imbibe too much,” he said.
Dr Allsop said there were many reasons people tipped over in to excessive behaviours.
“People know they don’t have to get up for work and think ‘ why not’,” he said.
“The whole period is about overindulgence and people tend to give themselves permission to do it because others are.”
Dr Allsop said there were plenty of ways to make the most of the holidays without hangovers or loss of licence.