This festive season, Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell is reminding people to stay safe and reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm or injury.
According to the national guidelines, any consumption of alcohol increases the risk of injury and having more than four drinks on a single occasion more than doubles the relative risk of injury in the six hours afterwards.
"Just remember, in any social setting, if you are offered an alcoholic drink, it is always OK to say no and if you do choose to drink alcohol, there are some simple ways to reduce your consumption," Ms Mitchell said.
"Make every second drink non-alcoholic, drink plenty of water and don't drink on an empty stomach.
"We recommend drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion to reduce the risk of alcohol-related injury.
"The festive season is a good time to reflect on our drinking culture and reduce the risk of harm; we can all start changing our habits and improve our health by sticking to the recommended drinking limits."
Harmful drinking can lead to a range of short-term harms and injuries, including alcohol poisoning, dehydration, vomiting, motor vehicle injuries, falls and violence.
Research suggests that even when people intend to drink responsibly, it can be difficult to stick to the plan because there is often social pressure to drink, and getting drunk is often an accepted norm.
Over the last five years in WA there was on average an estimated 46 more hospitalisations due to acute conditions caused by alcohol consumption in the short term, in December than November
For free, confidential advice from professional counsellors call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 9442 5000, or 1800 198 024 (country callers toll free)
Minister's office - 6552 5400