14 December 2009

There’s been a lot of great debate this year about how to reduce the harm that comes from drinking too much, and Taranaki DHB Public Health Unit is encouraging people to keep thinking about the role alcohol plays in our lives and the way we socialise when planning celebrations and gatherings this Christmas and New Year.

“At this time of the year there are a lot of things for people to think about, from who’s coming round, to how much they have to budget to pay for it all,” says  Nedina Hohaia, DHB Health Promoter from the Alcohol Related Harm team. “To make sure the holiday season is the best possible time for everyone, it’s also important to think about whether or not there will be alcohol, and if there is, how we can manage that so that everyone’s safe and happy.”

“Ultimately, we want people in Taranaki to be able to look back on this Christmas and New Year’s Eve with a smile and plenty of good memories,” she said.

 “Looking after people around alcohol this Christmas is one way you can make sure everyone has a good Christmas and no one is hurt because of over-indulging.”

The Public Health Unit suggests that as well as putting in place the basic things like having non-alcoholic drinks and substantial food and making sure guests can get home safely, it’s important to look out for your friends and family before and during get togethers.

“Planning ahead can help make sure everyone has a great time without crossing the line and drinking too much, but it’s also important to keep an eye on people while you’re with them and stop serving them alcohol before they go too far,” said Nedina.

If you’re worried about your drinking or the drinking of someone you care about, call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 and talk to someone who can help.

For more information please call

Sue Carrington
Taranaki DHB
Media Adviser
Ph 021 367 789

Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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