Keeping the Christmas cheer under control
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.