POLICE: 'We don't want to lose anybody these holidays'
"DON'T let your party end in tragedy" is the message Fraser Coast police are hoping to get across to the community this Christmas.
As parties are held and rounds of drinks are shouted over the festive season, police are being called to more assaults, and they want to violence to end now.
In October, police were called to 58 assault incidents across the Fraser Coast; 20 more than the month before.
Hervey Bay police Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said officers spend a lot of their time over the Christmas period being called out to alcohol-related violence.
"There is a noticeable shift in drinking culture particularly during the holiday periods - to drink alcohol solely to become intoxicated," Snr Const Bleakley said.
"Individual behaviour caused by excessive alcohol consumption can have the consequence of anti -social behaviour and violence."
Snr Sgt Tony Cole from the Maryborough Patrol Group said his team had seen a 20% increase in assaults over the last year.
"Violence won't be tolerated and bad behaviour in licensed venues won't be tolerated," Snr Sgt Cole said.
"We don't want to lose anybody over the Christmas period."
The Snr Sgt said people's good behaviour should carry over to the water and the road.
"Slow down be patient on the road with drivers in in the holiday mode," he said.
"We don't want any road accidents, particularly any caused by alcohol."
The warning follows an assault at a party in Wondunna over the weekend, where a man was left with damaged teeth and bruising.
Snr Const Bleakley said to prevent further assaults, Hervey Bay police would be "ramping up" their presence around licensed venues over the next few weeks.
"Police have a range of options available to combat disorderly patron behaviour which may result in banning periods from licensed venues," he said.
People charged with assault can face a maximum sentence of 14 years jail.