Alcohol Healthwatch wishes all New Zealanders a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, while reminding people to drink ‘responsibly’ when celebrating the arrival of 2002.

The start of the New Year is a happy occasion to be celebrated with friends and loved ones. It is, however, not necessary to ‘get off your face’ to welcome in the arrival of the New Year. Taking a responsible attitude to the consumption of alcohol will mean you are less likely to get caught up in risky behaviour or unsafe situations. It also has the added advantage of not waking up the next day with a hang over!

The nasty symptoms of a hangover including headaches, dizziness, thirst, paleness and tremors are caused by dehydration. The liver needs water to get rid of toxins from the body but as alcohol acts as a diuretic (causing increased output of urine) there will not be sufficient amounts in the body, so the liver is forced to divert water from other organs including the brain which causes the throbbing headaches.

Also when the liver is metabolising alcohol it produces acetaldehyde, a vinegar like substance which has a toxic effects on liver itself, the brain and the stomach lining, resulting in serve headaches, nausea and vomiting.

So think about what is happening to your body when celebrating the end of 2001 and arrival of 2002!

For further information please contact:
Roger Eccles,
Ph: (09) 520 7038