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TIPS FOR A SAFER AND HEALTHIER START TO 2023

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TIPS FOR A SAFER AND HEALTHIER START TO 2023

As we begin the countdown to 2023, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has some simple tips for a safer and healthier start to the new year.“We hope everyone has a wonderful time ringing in the new year. There are some easy ways people can help look after themselves and each other, and have healthier and safer end of year celebrations,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor AM.

 

If you are planning on drinking, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation recommends:

-Avoid pre-drinking: Having drinks before going out can increase your risk of accidents or injuries, and hospital admissions

-Drink plenty of water and make sure to eat: If you eat before you start drinking and while you are drinking, alcohol will be absorbed slower

-Drink at your own pace, not someone else’s: Avoid drinking in rounds or trying to keep up with the fastest drinker, as you may end up drinking more than you planned

-Keep busy: Play pool, dance or talk to friends. If you have something to do, you tend to drink less

-Avoid getting behind the wheel: if you are drinking, the safest option is not to drive. Pre- organise how you are going to get home, like assigning a designated driver or pre-booking a taxi.

-Sobering up takes time, so it may be unsafe to drive the next day

As we begin the countdown to 2023, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has some simple tips for a safer and healthier start to the new year.“We hope everyone has a wonderful time ringing in the new year. There are some easy ways people can help look after themselves and each other, and have healthier and safer end of year celebrations,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor AM.

Dr Lalor said sticking to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC)alcohol guidelines is another way people can reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm.

“The guidelines recommend healthy adults drink no more than 4 standard drinks in one day to reduce the risk of injury and no more than 10 standard drinks a week to reduce the risk of serious long-term health impacts like cancer,” Dr Lalor explained. “The guidelines also recommend under 18’s or people who are pregnant or planning apregnancy, not to drink. For people who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby.”

For people planning on using illicit drugs over the new year period, the use of any drug always carries some risk. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation recommends: -Find out as much information about the drug before taking it: If you still decide to take it, have a small amount first and wait a couple of hours to see if you experience any adverse side effects

For people planning on using illicit drugs over the new year period, the use of any drug always carries some risk. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation recommends:

-Find out as much information about the drug before taking it: If you still decide to take it, have a small amount first and wait a couple of hours to see if you experience any adverse side effects

-Avoid mixing with other drugs: Any drugs taken in combination, including alcohol or pharmaceuticals, increases the risk of harm

-Don’t use drugs alone: Stick with people you trust

-Avoid getting behind the wheel: Even in low doses, drugs can significantly reduce your driving skills. Each drug takes a different amount of time to leave your body

-Don’t hesitate to call 000 in an emergency: This could be the difference between life and death. Paramedics are there to help and don’t need to involve the police.

Dr Lalor commended Australians setting goals around consuming less alcohol and other

drugs in the new year and encouraged others to consider the benefits.

“There are many positives to consuming less alcohol or other drugs, including better mood, better sleep, more energy and saving money,” she said.

If you are looking to consume less alcohol or drugs in the new year, check out the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website for tips around setting goals and breaking habits.

For information or support, people can visit www.adf.org.au  or call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s DrugInfoline on 1300 85 85 84.

If you are unhappy or worried about your own, or a loved one’s, alcohol or other drug use,
visit Path2Help.

https://adf.org.au/

This tool can connect you with services in your local area and help you
have an initial conversation and support you through the process.

About the Alcohol and Drug Foundation:

Celebrating more than 60 years of service to the community, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation is one of Australia’s leading bodies
committed to preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug harms in communities around the nation. The Foundation reaches millions of Australians in local communities through sporting clubs, health care settings and schools, offering educational information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for strong and healthy communities.

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