Police round up drunks after Gladstone race day

SEVERAL punters from Cox Plate celebrations awoke to more than just a hangover on Sunday, with yellow tickets serving as an indicator to some embarrasing behaviour.

A bevvy of patrons unable to hold their beverage was reprimanded by police, in a blitz that started at 10pm and continued through to 3.20am Sunday.

Seven men were apprehended by police for public nuisance offences, ranging from disorderly conduct to offensive language and violent behaviour.

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Additionally, two 30-year-old men, in separate offences, were nabbed urinating in public by police.

The offences, according to police, could be largely attributed to excessive consumption of alcohol.

Gladstone police Senior Sergeant Jason Chetham said unruly behaviour had been planned for by police leading up to race day.

"We planned to have a strong police presence in Gladstone CBD on Saturday night," he said.

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"For the most part, people were out and about enjoying themselves.

"But we were adequately prepared to deal with the small minority who decided to go about and cause trouble."

Snr Sgt Chetham said he urged the public to think and plan ahead about how they were going to get home and how much they were going to drink.

"I know it's hard to drink and plan, but when people drink to excess, there is a tendency for bad things to happen," he said.

Binge drinking is fast becoming a nationwide crisis, with studies showing 28.9% of males are drinking in quantities that can place their safety in jeopardy.

The same data suggest females too are drinking to dangerous levels, with 10.1% drinking in a way that could permanently affect their health.

And if the argument of impacts on long term health is not enough to persuade drinkers to slow down, economic and social repercussions should.

One young punter, who did not wish to be named but was present at the races on Saturday, said the prevalence of fights was disturbing, and most were linked to alcohol consumption.

"I'm not a violent drinker, but these days something always goes wrong when you have a large group of people out drinking," he said.

"It's just becoming too much drama, every time.

"As if losing money on the horses isn't enough, drinks are becoming outrageously expensive and then a fine to top it off.

"It just becomes a joke."

Offenders will appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

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