Cockburn Gazette - - CHRISTMAS -

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.

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