WAGGA has been preparing to party with sales of alcohol peaking for Christmas and the New Year celebrations.
It’s believed Wagga’s Dan Murphy’s outlet sold close to a $1 million worth of alcohol during the Christmas week, with buyers lining up waiting for the store to open.
“While we are unable to disclose store sales figures, we can confirm that Dan Murphy's Wagga had strong sales over the Christmas period keeping the team very busy,” a Dan Murphy’s spokeswoman said.
“We expect this will continue as people get ready for new year's celebrations.
“Wagga locals followed the national trend of enjoying craft beers, and premium wines and champagne.”
While the festive season is a time to celebrate, Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s mental health drug and alcohol director Robyn Manzie urged people to not just “sleep it off”.
“Check on them periodically to make sure they are conscious, if in doubt about someone’s condition, call triple zero immediately.”
Ms Manzi warned of over-indulgence and asked locals to look after each other.
“Too often incidents happen when someone is left behind in a bar or pub, or wanders off by themselves,” she said.
“Stick together and make sure you all have a good time.
“If arguments arise, walk away, as spending the night in police custody is not the right choice.
“Plan how you are getting home at the start of the night – know the times of public transport or pre-book a taxi and remember to keep money aside for the fare.”
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