Keep­ing the Christ­mas cheer un­der con­trol

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

THE Christ­mas party sea­son is in full swing, and while the in­crease in fes­tiv­i­ties, par­ties, fam­ily gath­er­ing and work func­tions can be fun, it can also be a time of ex­cess, es­pe­cially when it comes to al­co­hol.

The fes­tive sea­son is a good time to re­flect on our drink­ing cul­ture and the way we drink.

Sun­shine Coast Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of ad­dic­tion ser­vices Don­ald Spencer said it’s im­por­tant to mon­i­tor your hol­i­day drink­ing.

“Christ­mas is a great time to meet up with fam­ily, friends and work col­leagues to cel­e­brate, but it is very easy to overindulge,” Dr Spencer said.

“Ex­cess al­co­hol can spoil the hol­i­day for not only you but also for your fam­ily. We are ask­ing that peo­ple keep an eye on how many drinks they are hav­ing.”

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Health and Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil’s drink­ing guide­lines rec­om­mend healthy men and woman drink no more than four stan­dard drinks on a sin­gle oc­ca­sion to re­duce the risk of al­co­hol re­lated in­jury.

SCHHS data shows mi­nor head in­juries, fa­cial lac­er­a­tions and chest pain are among the top 10 pre­sen­ta­tions to SCHHS emer­gency de­part­ments over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

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