No Excuses Needed binge drinking initiative to educate youth

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Wimmera Uniting Care supports a No Excuses Needed anti-binge drinking campaign. Picture: FILE PICWIMMERA Uniting Care has welcomed an initiative to reduce young people binge drinking.

The No Excuses Needed campaign aims to educate young people to make better choices with their drinking habits.

A State Government study of 1400 Victorians aged 16 years and older found many drank as a result of peer pressure or to conform with a group.

Wimmera Uniting Care residential services manager Alistair Houston said alcohol was the cause of a lot of the issues he saw in his work.

“I think it is definitely part of our culture,” he said.

“I guess it’s a bit of a reflection of the society we live in, where it’s kind of appropriate to celebrate a birthday or a wedding – any type of celebration we reach for a glass.

“There was a survey done about how many people rang in sick after Australia Day, and it was about half a million.

“I think there is a peer element to it, without a doubt. I also think there is a fashion element to drinking too.”

Mr Houston said he welcomed any attempt to reduce excessive alcohol consumption.

“There’s long-term effects physically and psychologically when you are dependent on alcohol,” he said.

“There are quite a lot of problems caused through alcohol for a variety of reasons, whether it be poverty, loss of work or sickness.”

However, Mr Houston said it was not all doom and gloom when it came to excessive alcohol consumption.

“I’m really pleased at the approach that has been taken,” he said.

“I think society is changing because people are more aware, and I think that starts in the community.

“The more research and understanding we have, the better chance we have of people changing their behaviour.”

Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said there was a lot of positive feedback during the development of the campaign.

“Young people consulted during the campaign’s development labelled it refreshing and empowering,” she said.

“Young Victorians need to know that getting drunk isn’t necessarily what others their age are doing.

“They shouldn’t feel like they have to make excuses if they don’t want to keep drinking.”

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