WACA Promotes Safe Alcohol Consumption Message
25 January 2017  
Alcohol.Think Again Western Warrior Mitch Marsh and City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi
The WACA is lending its voice to spread the message of safe consumption of alcohol ahead of Australia Day, in the wake of figures indicating a dangerous trend of risky drinking on the nation’s day of celebration.
 
Australia’s national day for commemoration and reflection has become associated with risky levels of alcohol consumption.
 
Figures compiled from seven major Australian hospitals showed that in 2016 more than 30 per cent of Australia Day workload involved alcohol-related presentations*.
 
With many planning to attend events being held in Perth’s CBD as part of the City of Perth’s family-friendly Australia Day Skyworks, the WACA and Principle Partner Healthway are reiterating the recommendations of health experts to drink no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion to reduce the risk of alcohol-related accident and injury.
 
Every additional drink significantly increases the risk of injury and death and may place others at risk of harm^.
 
WACA CEO Christina Matthews said Australia Day was a time to come together and celebrate the nation’s diversity.
 
"An Australia Day barbeque isn’t complete without a game of cricket – it’s a time-honoured tradition,” Ms Matthews said.
 
"It’s a wonderful opportunity to get your family and friends together for a game or two and celebrate what makes Australia great.
 
"If you choose to drink alcohol this Australia Day, please make sure you stay safe and reduce alcohol-related harm by following the recommended tips.”
 
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi encourages everyone to have a good time, be safe and not drink to excess.
 
"Skyworks and associated Australia Day events are family-friendly and we don't want people ruining it for others by drinking too much," Ms Scaffidi said.
 
"Certainly look after your health and wellbeing and those of your friends and family, and enjoy the night."
 
If you are attending the Skyshow or other celebrations this Australia Day and choose to drink alcohol, reduce the potential for alcohol-related harm by following these tips from Alcohol.Think Again:
  • Eat before, and while, you are drinking
  • Keep count of your standard drinks by pouring your own
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks 
  • Make sure you bring enough water to drink throughout the day and night 
  • Remember to have no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion to reduce the risk of alcohol-related accident and injury 
References
*Egerton-Warburton, D., Gosbell, A., Wadsworth, A., Fatovich, D.M., & Richardson, D.B. (2017). Australia Day 2016: alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments. Medical Journal of Australia, 206, 1. j doi: 10.5694/mja16.01038 https://www.mja.com.au/system/files/issues/206_01/10.5694mja16.01038.pdf
^National Health and Medical Research Council. (2009). Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol: Commonwealth of Australia. Available at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/ds10