Don’t overindulge: make the festive season fun for everyone

Tasmanians have been reminded to enjoy themselves but don’t overindulge this festive season.

Tasmania Police will have a high visibility presence in entertainment areas of Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie over the festive period, including New Year’s Eve on Thursday.

“The additional high visibility Police foot patrols will visit licensed premises, engage with people enjoying a night out and deter anti-social behaviour, violence and alcohol-related offences,” said Inspector Adrian Bodnar, of the Southern District.

“Each weekend Police deal with the aftermath of people who are drunk; anti-social behaviour, violence and injuries can be the result,” said Inspector Bodnar.

“This is not just an issue for Police, it affects other emergency services and health department resources, including demand on Emergency Departments.

“It is a message about taking personal responsibility for your drinking, with the understanding that risky drinking levels increase the risk of either becoming an offender or a victim,” said Inspector Bodnar.

“We are asking people not to over indulge, and to look out for their friends if they’ve had too much; make sure they get home safely. Tasmania Police Media Release Page 2 of 2

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“What starts out as a fun night out with friends can become a situation that involves violence, resulting in a life-changing injury, when too much alcohol is involved.”