‘Look out for mates’

GOOD ADVICE: Ambulance Victorian northern Mallee group manager Steve Fumberger.SUNRAYSIA paramedics have advised New Year’s Eve party-goers to drink in moderation, keep hydrated, look after each other and have a happy new year.

They are preparing for a busy night tonight, with

alcohol-fuelled injuries sure to escalate as the night wears on.

Ambulance Victorian northern Mallee group manager Steve Fumberger yesterday confirmed additional crew members would be rostered on from 9pm to 7am tomorrow to cope with the volume of call-outs.

“Even though it is New Year’s Eve, normal business doesn’t stop,” he said.

“So your regular ambulance incidents will still call and we still have to respond.”

Mr Fumberger said it was too difficult to calculate the most common causes of New Year’s Eve injury, but “too much drinking” was sure to be a factor in the majority of call outs.

He urged people to “look our for their mates” throughout the night.

“There can be very serious injuries and a bravado of things that come with it,” he said.

“Some patrons may do things they normally wouldn’t do and therefore I think it would be very nice to see someone looking after those people who are at the point of having too much alcohol.

“It’s fairly important to ensure people do rehydrate –

water’s really important.”

Mr Fumberger said above all, it was important not to drink to excess.

He warned those “drinking to get drunk” that the consequences could be “very, very destructive”.

“If there was such a thing as a buddy system, people could be looked after, and would be far more likely to have a good time rather than having a bad time,” he said.

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