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29 December 2004

Tips for safe Christmas drinking

Tips for safe Christmas drinking

Western Australians are among the countryís heaviest drinkers and at this time of year it is particularly important that people do not over-indulge, Drug and Alcohol Office acting executive director, Michael Salter, said today.

Mr Salter said the Drug and Alcohol Office has developed a set of guidelines that will help Western Australians participate in Christmas and New Year festivities without engaging in hazardous and harmful alcohol use.

The guidelines Ė which are part of DAOís Enough is Enough alcohol education program - include tips on how be a responsible host.

"Good parties donít just happen; they are the result of good ideas and good preparation," Mr Salter said. "You and your guests will have a better time if you take responsibility for the way alcohol is made available and create a safer environment for your guests."

The Enough is Enough party tips, found in the Your Party Your Responsibility brochure, recommend that hosts: encourage guests to avoid driving to the venue; provide plenty of food and have it available throughout the party; ensure low and non-alcoholic drinks are available; plan party activities that donít involve drinking as the main focus; keep an eye on their guests, particularly any inexperienced drinkers; and keep a clear head by staying in control of their own drinking.

For more information about safe partying practices, visit the Enough is Enough website at www.enoughisenough.com.au.

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Media contact: Phillipa Strempel Ph: 9370 0343

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