Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Experts Warn against Partying Too Hard

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Experts Warn against Partying Too Hard

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Byline: Brigid Simeoni APN Newsdesk

HOLIDAYS IN HOSPITAL

Number of people who presented to the Toowoomba Hospital ED on:

New Year's Eve 2014: 129 (44 admitted)

New Year's Day 2015: 157 (47 admitted).

Top reasons: Chest pains, minor head injuries, stomach pain and urinary tract infections.

HEALTH experts are warning residents not to party too hard this New Year season as dedicated emergency staff prepare to deal with the fallout of festivities.

There were 129 patients last New Year's Eve while January 1 was the busiest holiday with 157, compared to 133 on an average day.

A Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman said it was important to celebrate in moderation during the New Year holidays.

"Excessive alcohol consumption can not only contribute to a range of health concerns, it can also contribute to risk-taking behaviour, which may result in injuries," she said.

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Chris Zappala said a mix of factors led to busy hospitals during the holidays, from booze-related injuries to the elderly not coping well in the heat. …

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