- On December 30, 2018
Celebrations are no reason to get sloshed or blackout drunk, so please moderate your alcohol intake, AMA (NSW) Vice President, Dr Danielle McMullen, said.
“The effects of alcohol on the human body – both long and short-term – are well known.
“In the immediate sense, getting drunk exposes you to risks of injury, embarrassment, alcohol poisoning, and potentially the need for preventable hospitalisation.
“In the long-term, it increases your risks of a variety of cancers, heart disease, liver disease, and cognitive impairments.
“The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine says one in five Australians and New Zealanders drink at a level that increases their lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury.
“According to the College, almost half of Australians over the age of 18 have drunk at levels on at least one occasion in the previous 12 months that put them at risk of acute injury.
“Overdoing alcohol intake leads to many preventable hospitalisations.
“You can reduce your health risks from alcohol consumption by going easy on your alcohol intake.
“This won’t just help you in the immediate sense by enabling you to be more aware of your surroundings and being able to remember what a great time you had, it will keep you healthier in the longer term.
“And with reduced alcohol consumption you run a better chance of not being hung over on New Year’s Day,” Dr McMullen said.