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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 21st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 22, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Campaign boosted by cash DUAL Olympic medallist and DrinkWise representative Geoff Huegill (pictured with Health Minister John Della Bosca) said it was a great campaign aimed at encouraging young people to take a step back and look at their drinking behaviour and realise the harms they may be bringing on to themselves and others around them. 'I encourage young people to explore other leisure avenues in life, and set goals,' he said. THE Inner-West Weekly's Just Think campaign discouraging young people from excessive drinking is to be boosted by a new $1 million advertising blitz. Health Minister John Della Bosca launched the campaign on Monday saying it aimed to tackle the growing problem of excessive drinking among young people. ''The campaign's key message is that we all have to take personal responsibility for our behaviour when we are socialising,'' he said. ''If you lose control when you've had one too many, you'll end up at the very least ruining your night and there could be serious conse- quences, including damage to re- lationships, risk to personal safety and financial costs.'' Mr Della Bosca said the What are you doing to yourself? cam- paign is mainly aimed at 16 to 20 year olds. It shows young people in a social environment and reflects on how an individual's personality and behaviour can change when they get drunk. It is being jointly funded by the State Government ($700,000) and DrinkWise Australia, a non-profit evidence-based research and program organisation aimed at building safer drinking cultures. It will feature on buses, post- cards in cafes, bathrooms in pubs, street press and magazines and will complement a new website -- www.whatareyoudoingtoyourself .com -- which expands on the key messages of responsible drinking. The website offers an inter- active educational environment with a quiz and contact details. Clear support for government message DRINKWISE Australia, a non- profit evidence based research and program organisation, said it was pleased to support the gov- ernment's clear message about alcohol abuse and drinking to get drunk. Chief Executive Officer, Chris Watters, said DrinkWise was working in partnership with com- munities, government, industry, media and public health experts to change Australia's drinking culture. According to NSW Health, the biggest increase in alcohol- related Emergency Department admissions since 2000, is among 18to24yearolds--up130percent -- while female admissions within that group rose 200 per cent. The Garling Report into Acute Care Services in public hospitals said there was a need to alleviate pressure on Emergency Depart- ments and encouraging young people to drink responsibly is one way of achieving this. According to the NSW Popu- lation Health Survey, risky drinking across the entire adult population has decreased from over 40 per cent in 1997 to 32 per cent in 2007. Warning to lucky people with tickets SNIFFER dogs and undercover police will target drug users at Friday's Big Day Out festival at Sydney Olympic Park. Police have warned revellers to ''expect to get caught'' if they bring drugs to the festival. A total of 124 arrests were made at last year's Big Day Out -- 86 of them were drug-related, Flemington Local Area Com- mander Supt Brett Henderson said. ''We want people to have a good time at Big Day Out, but we won't tolerate anti-social and criminal behaviour or illicit drug supply and use,'' he said. ''We'll be putting a range of overt and covert policing measures in place again this year to detect drug possession and criminal behaviour.'' Police will also target underage drinking and irresponsible ser- vice of alcohol, Supt Henderson said. ''We're not there to spoil any- one's fun, but we will be there to ensure every member of the ex- pected 55,000 crowd attending the event is safe and can enjoy their big day out without fear of viol- ence or injury.'' Big Day Out is Australia's biggest touring festival. This year's line-up includes Neil Young, Living End, Arctic Monkeys and The Prodigy. Tickets for the Sydney event sold out months ago.
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