EMERGENCY services and police are urging revellers to stay safe while taking part in New Year's Eve festivities.
Queensland Ambulance spokesman Drew Hebbron said he expected paramedics to respond to more than 1000 incidents between 6pm and 6am, with many cases likely to be drug or alcohol related.
"New Year's Eve is typically the biggest night on our calendar," he said.
"Every year we see a spike in workload on the year before which usually amounts to a few hundred extra cases year-on-year.
"...Across the state we have an additional 241 staff working. That includes emergency medical dispatchers and paramedics.
"Typically what we see is a spike in assaults and alcohol and drug related cases, and that's associated with major events and people having parties."
A Queensland Police spokesman said officers would target anti-social and unruly behaviour, with a zero-tolerance approach to violence.
He said police would also be out in force on the roads as part of Operation Romeo Sleigh, which will run to January 31.
"The first eight days of phase two of Operation Romeo Sleigh...saw police targeting the fatal five causes of traffic crashes," he said.
"Officers conducted more than 43,000 random breath tests and 1,000 roadside drug tests across Queensland, with 255 drivers over the legal alcohol limit and 252 returning positive roadside drug tests."
The spokesman said people should plan how many drinks they will consume in advance, use public transport and taxis where possible, only accept drinks from people they trust and walk away if they find themselves in the middle of an altercation.
He said people should also look after their friends, recognise and respond to warning signs and identify who can assist them in an emergency.
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