Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017

Young people in NSW leading the way in losing the booze

As Life Education’s Ocsober campaign to ‘lose the booze’ for the month of October gets underway, the release of a new report shows that alcohol education to our younger generation is working, but alcohol misuse among older Australians is getting worse.

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data, released last month, showed:

  • ln 2010 the proportion of people aged 18 to 29 years drinking at risky levels “declined significantly”.
  • Conversely, those in their 60s were the group most likely to consume five or more standard drinks on at least five days per week.

Australian champion ice skater and uni student Katie Pasfield is one of many young people saying ‘no’ to alcohol this October to raise money for Aussie kids.

Katie, who won the bronze medal at this year’s Australian ice skating championship, is joined by a group of her friends, who are all studying veterinary science at The University of Sydney. They have dubbed their Ocsober fundraising team ‘The Vetlings’, and are hoping to raise more than $500.

“I’m inspired to do Ocsober because I want to prove that you can go out and have fun without having to drink,” Katie said. 

My friends and I all remember seeing Healthy Harold when we were at school, and would like the next generation of kids to receive the benefits of the Life Education programs.

Katie Pasfield
Katie Pasfield. Photo by Michael Santer

Life Education NSW Kellie Sloane said the support of Katie and ‘The Vetlings’ during this year’s Ocsober was an indication of how well programs such as Life Education’s early preventative health lessons have been working.

“For almost 40 years Life Education has been delivering its health and safety messages to Australian children, and it’s working. Binge drinking is on the decline in young people, with the number of kids drinking at risky levels lower than ever,” Ms Sloane said.

“There is so much focus on drinking among young Australians, but these new statistics show that our alcohol culture is perpetuated by the behaviour of adults who drink irresponsibly and set a bad example.

 “A rest from alcohol for a month is something we should all do for our own health and wellbeing. It’s concerning that a month off the booze is seen as such a challenge by many, which really does indicate how dependent we’ve become on alcohol in our daily life.”

It’s not too late to register for Ocsober

Photo of Katie Pasfield by Michael Santer

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