"Alcohol and Anger Don't Mix" campaign for the holidays

Nadine Webster launches an alcohol safety sticker campaign, urging people not to get angry when they are drinking.
Nadine Webster launches an alcohol safety sticker campaign, urging people not to get angry when they are drinking. Rob Williams

FOR hotels and liquor outlets, the Christmas-New Year week usually proves to be the busiest time of the year.

As a visual reminder of the need to drink responsibly, Ipswich District Crime Prevention in partnership with the Queensland Police Service Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Unit and the Ipswich Liquor Industry Action Group have produced warning stickers with the words "Alcohol and Anger Don't Mix".

Ipswich District Crime Prevention co-ordinator Sergeant Nadine Webster said it was important for revellers to have a plan to celebrate safely, and to remember that alcohol and violence don't mix.

"These stickers also provide a contact number for the Alcohol and Drug Information and Counselling Service (ADIS) for those seeking assistance," Sgt Webster said.

"People who usually don't drink may find themselves intoxicated quickly and in a situation that could escalate.

"At this time of the year we see an increase in assaults, violence and anti-social behaviour.

"Party-goers should be mindful that other licensed premises have an obligation not to permit entry to persons who appear intoxicated.

"Staff at licensed premises are very aware of the risk involved when serving patrons and, if you are unduly intoxicated, there are steep fines for bar staff."

Sgt Webster said a person should also never leave their drink unattended in a public place.

"If someone says you have had enough - it's a great idea to listen to them," she said.

"We want people to be able to enjoy this time of year with their friends and family - taking some personal responsibility for how much you drink, how you are getting home and how you treat others is the best way to make that happen.

"We're saying drink responsibly, enjoy the time of year and the celebrations."

Sgt Webster said Ipswich liquor outlets were supportive of the message on the stickers.

PA Hotel owner Clive Johnson said alcohol drinkers should be responsible for their actions.

"The police think this sticker is a good idea and I'm happy to run with it," Mr Johnson said.

Topics:  alcohol christmas crime police

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