Have a healthy start to the year

DOCTORS are urging people to remember to do everything in moderation this New Year's Eve so they can enjoy the celebrations to the fullest.

Wide Bay Health Service District Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs clinical director Kees Nydam said it was important not to go overboard with alcohol this Saturday night.

"Remember New Year's Eve is all about the people and the memories," he said.

Dr Nydam said getting overly intoxicated would prevent people from creating lasting memories.

"There is going to be a lot of pressure from people to get drunk, but everyone needs to go at their own pace," he said.

Dr Nydam said according to statistics, at least one in 10 people were alcoholics.

"There are people who are going to try to put you under pressure to make you like them," he said.

Dr Nydam also urged people to be careful while under the influence.

"I guess one of my major concerns is making sure people don't drink and drive," he said.

Dr Nydam said on New Year's Eve it would not be uncommon for the Bundaberg Hospital's emergency department to experience an influx of alcohol-related injuries, including from car crashes and assaults.

Emergency medicine expert Associate Professor Paul Middleton said emergency visits to the hospital often peaked on Christmas Day and in the new year period.

"Every year emergency doctors see an influx of fall injuries among men who ascend to various heights around the home, to clear the gutters or do the painting in a fit of youthful enthusiasm," he said.

Assoc Prof Middleton said studies had shown the new year also saw an increased number of heart attacks, which could be due to excess food and alcohol intake.



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