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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
AMA (WA) President Omar Khorshid has called for West Australians to celebrate the true spirit of Australia Day and not let it morph into a day of binge drinking.
“Australia Day should be a celebration of our country, culture and achievements as a nation – the unfortunate reality is that it has become a day marred by soaring Emergency Department admissions and antisocial behaviour,” Dr Khorshid said.
“Alcohol abuse remains one of biggest health issues facing Australians and it is saddening that many view Australia Day as just another opportunity to get as drunk as possible.
“We urge all West Australians to celebrate sensibly and safely: if you’re having a big day out plan accordingly and don’t let yourself become another sad news story.
“If you are drinking and driving you are in a high risk category of causing an accident; alcohol is a factor in almost one third of the fatalities we see on our roads.
“The sensible thing is to go easy on the drinks, pace yourself and appoint a designated driver or arrange alternative transport for getting home.
“Drink lots of water throughout the day, apply sunscreen regularly and limit the amount the amount of alcohol you consume.
“Don’t swim if you’re drunk, watch out for your mates and let’s make Australia Day an occasion we can all be proud of,” Dr Khorshid said.