Belmont, Perth,

St John’s tips to 'feel' like a Melbourne Cup winner

Even if you don’t pick the winner in the 2014 Melbourne Cup – you can still feel like one.

Ahead of the race that will stop the nation on Tuesday, St John Ambulance Western Australia has prepared some advice to help people enjoy the celebrations but avoid the post-event hangover.

St John Ambulance Event Health General Manager Phil Martin said they’re not out to be a party pooper.

“This advice has been prepared to help you get maximum enjoyment out of your Melbourne Cup festivities and avoid needing the assistance of our paramedics,” said Mr Martin.

“St John will again have large teams of Event Health officers at Ascot on Cup Day. Invariably each year, we treat revellers for intoxication, dehydration, heat stroke and even sprained ankles.”

St John’s tips to feel like a winner this Melbourne Cup are:

  1. Space your drinks: “If you intend to enjoy a glass or two of bubbly on Melbourne Cup Day, break up each drink with a glass of water or even better, take a bottle with you and sip it throughout the day,” recommended Mr Martin. “Not only will it help you avoid becoming intoxicated, it also prevents dehydration.”
  2. Remember to eat: “It happens regularly on Melbourne Cup Day: people get too focussed on celebrating and they forget to eat. Food can also be in short supply at some events,” said Mr Martin. So, Phil’s advice: “Eat a good breakfast in the morning and put a banana in your bag or pop an energy bar in your pocket to keep you fuelled up for the festivities.”
  3. Be careful in the sun: “It’s going to be a warm day next Tuesday in Perth so ladies, if you’re going to be outside, choose a hat with a protective brim; and everyone should apply sunscreen. Take a small tube or roll-on stick of 30+ with you and top up during the day.”
  4. Be sensible about your shoes: “I might be a man, but I do know that Melbourne Cup Day is not the time to try out high heels for the first time. Even if you wear them occasionally, it’s a good idea to choose something with a more comfortable heel,” advises Mr Martin. “Each year at Ascot, St John’s officers treat ladies for sprained ankles after tripping in their heels or for deep gashes to their feet, after ditching the heels and going barefoot only to step on broken glass.”
  5. Carry some first aid in your clutch: “Band-aids (for blisters), paracetamol, a small sunscreen are great as they don’t take up much room in your handbag and if you can fit it in, take a bottle of water too.”

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