Play it smart this silly season

Friday, October 04, 2019
Play it smart this silly season

Alcohol is heavily promoted and marketed as a key ingredient of successful social events, which sets up the expectation that we need to drink to have a good time. While most Australians drink at low levels, recent data suggest that emergency services are seeing increasing alcohol-related harms, including injuries, accidents, assaults and deaths.

Alcohol-related harms increase around public holidays, sporting events and the festive season, so while it’s a great to get together with family and friends throughout the holiday months, it’s important that alcohol isn’t the primary focus of celebrations.

Whether it’s a low-key barbecue, a 3-day music festival or anything in between, the following tips can help keep you safe this silly season:

  • Eating slows alcohol absorption, so avoid drinking on an empty stomach
  • Alcohol absorption can vary depending on your body size and gender
  • Drink water between alcoholic beverages
  • Never drink and drive, or be a passenger where the driver has been drinking
  • Be wary of drinks being “topped up”
  • Be supportive of family and friends who may not be drinking
  • Avoid mixing alcohol and drugs
  • For help, call DirectLine on 1800 888 236 or visit


Professor Dan Lubman, Director, Turning Point - Eastern Health