THERE is a lot to be said for summer sundowners, and warm nights with an ice cold frothy are among the most iconic 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 into 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 themselves, because others are.”
Dr Allsop said there were plenty of ways to make the most of the holiday period without hangovers, or the loss of licenses.
Seven tips for safe Christmas indulgence:
1. Don’t drink and drive
“The worst time to make a decision about driving is after you’ve had a drink,” Dr Allsop said.
“And don’t get in to a car with someone who has been drinking, I feel that is not said enough.”
2. Be a good host.
“Be responsible, encourage people to leave their car at home, you have the responsibility to look after your friends.”
3. Drink water
“Don’t quench your thirst with alcohol, alternate a glass of water for every glass of alcohol.
“Make water look attractive to your guests, not just tepid on the table.”
4. Eat food
“Eat before of after you’ve had a drink and that doesn’t mean a packet of chips with 10 beers.”
5. Don’t make alcohol and drinking the centre of a party.
6. Don’t let people top your glass up before you’ve finished it
7. Avoid hangovers
“If you wake up feeling horrid, you drank too much and you know that for next time.
“Don’t look for a hangover cure- the best hangover cure is not drinking too much.”