Indigenous education around alcohol is an important focus for DrinkWise. DrinkWise provides financial and in-kind support for a number of different programs and initiatives, utilising a tailored broadcast and targeted approach.
DrinkWise has produced a series of educational videos, featuring well-known Indigenous personalities and sports stars, Shaun Burgoyne, Tim Kelly, Deborah Mailman, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Aliesha Newman, Michael O’Loughlin and Aaron Pedersen. These videos have been produced for educational use and have been successfully integrated into school and community programs, as well as Indigenous medical practices.
The videos cover a broad range of topics such as peer pressure, the developing teenage brain, delaying alcohol consumption (until at least 18 years of age), positive role modelling, strength of culture, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and the importance of avoiding alcohol when pregnant.
Further information about these videos, which are available for use free-of-charge, can be found here.
DrinkWise is a supporter of Jam Pakt, a weekly Indigenous music and health promotion radio program. Broadcast across 271 community radio networks, Jam Pakt produces themed episodes around key health issues and features interviews with many well-known and inspirational Indigenous people.
The program is presented by mentor, educator and trainer, Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan, a Pintupi-Luritja man. It provides a platform to deliver a unique mix of music, yarns and special guests, to engage with Indigenous communities on key health, education and lifestyle issues including alcohol consumption and FASD.
DrinkWise also supports Wanta Aboriginal Corporation to deliver alcohol education sessions in a range of remote settings across the Northern Territory.
Wanta tackles the significant gap in education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Wanta works with upper primary and secondary students to increase school attendance and improve educational outcomes and youth transition to vocational opportunities, through the provision of sport, recreation and cultural activities.
Wanta integrates DrinkWise alcohol education (video) assets into their alcohol education sessions and as part of its Remote Cinema initiative, which travels to communities across the Northern Territory.
Red Centre AFL
Over several years, DrinkWise incorporated its You won’t miss a moment if you DrinkWise moderation messaging into Red Centre AFL games in Alice Springs. The games, which help showcase Indigenous talent, also raise awareness and understanding of cultural and social issues in the Northern Territory.
Adelaide great Eddie Betts has spoken to Channel Seven in the past about the importance of being a role model to young Indigenous Australians and how the DrinkWise moderation message can help Indigenous people break the cycle of alcohol abuse and allow them to realise their potential. Eddie’s story also featured in a special Red Centre edition of the Footy Record magazine, alongside the You won’t miss a moment if you DrinkWise moderation message.
Tim Kelly’s video, which has been used to complement program materials used in community and sporting programs, has also been included in Channel Seven’s Alice Springs AFL telecast, supported by DrinkWise messaging on goal post wraps, in the Footy Record and in AFL website editorial content.
Indigenous adaptation of the Australian Alcohol Guidelines (past initiative)
To improve alcohol education among Indigenous people, DrinkWise undertook an Indigenous adaptation of the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol, for use by healthcare workers. This initiative was created in collaboration with the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of South Australia.
DrinkWise videos for education programs
DrinkWise has produced a series of short videos, featuring well-known Indigenous personalities and sports stars.
The videos aim to educate Australians and facilitate discussions about delaying alcohol for as long as possible, managing peer pressure, the importance of positive role modelling when it comes to alcohol, making healthy choices and the cause and effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
The use of these recognisable personalities has resonated in school and community education settings and in medical practices. The videos are available for educational use (free of charge) – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Federal Government partnered with DrinkWise to produce videos featuring Deborah Mailman and Aaron Pedersen, to increase the community’s awareness and understanding of FASD. The videos have been shown in rural and regional medical practice waiting rooms and in Aboriginal Medical Services across Australia, through the Aboriginal Health TV network.
In this video, Deb reflects on her personal experience as a pregnant woman, explaining why women should avoid alcohol when pregnant or planning a pregnancy and that for women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby.
Aaron reflects on the importance of ensuring partners, family members and friends support women to abstain from alcohol, to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Extended versions of the videos have been produced to educate students about FASD, peer pressure and the importance of delaying drinking until they are at least 18.
Deb reflects on her experiences growing up, including her decisions not to drink during her pregnancies, to wait until she was older to drink alcohol and advising kids to talk to a trusted adult if they have any questions about alcohol.
Aaron discusses the impact FASD can have on people’s lives, the importance of supporting loved ones not to drink when planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding and reminds kids that it’s ok to say no if people are pressuring them to have a drink.
These videos have been created to educate and remind parents, family members, carers and other adults in the community about the important influence they can have on children and their future attitudes towards alcohol and drinking.
In these role modelling videos, Deb talks about the influential role parents have in their children’s lives and emphasises the importance of setting clear boundaries for kids when it comes to alcohol. Aaron speaks about the important influence all adults in the community can have when it comes to role modelling responsible alcohol consumption.
DrinkWise has also worked with AFL and AFLW stars Shaun Burgoyne, Tim Kelly, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Aliesha Newman and Michael O’Loughlin to produce videos for school and community programs, to educate and build individual capacity to make informed decisions about alcohol, including delaying alcohol consumption (until at least 18 years of age).
The videos cover a broad range of topics including peer pressure, the developing teenage brain, FASD and avoiding alcohol when pregnant, positive role modelling, the importance of education and strength of culture.
Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn) speaks to the importance of education and the risks that arise from excessive consumption, acknowledging the positive adult role models he had during his childhood.
In his second video, Shaun emphasises how healthy choices can help to achieve your goals and talk about the importance of good nutrition, getting enough sleep and (as an adult) avoiding excessive alcohol consumption. He also discusses encouraging women not to smoke or drink while pregnant, the importance of culture and those in the community to make healthy choices.
Tim Kelly (West Coast) talks about Indigenous culture, recognising how strong family and community support assisted him to continue to strive for his goals. He discusses that when the time is right, he plans to talk to his kids about making healthy choices and how tough it can be to make these choices in the face of peer pressure.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon) reflects on the difficulties he faced growing up and that despite those challenges he realised that education was essential to make the most of his opportunities and to extend his AFL career. Anthony encourages kids to ask questions if they are not sure about their choices or feel pressured encourages delaying alcohol for as long as possible.
Aliesha Newman (Collingwood) talks about her experiences in standing strong against peer pressure and making wise decisions as an teenager, including delaying drinking alcohol until she was 18 years of age. She encourages women to abstain from drinking alcohol when planning a pregnancy, while pregnant and when breastfeeding and highlights how positive role models can help inspire kids, reflecting on her role as a positive influence for children now.
Michael O’Loughlin (former player, Sydney) reflects on the people who influenced him growing up and the choices he made that lead to his successful AFL career, including getting a good education, training hard and setting goals. Michael recognises the need for community support and education to assist women not to drink during pregnancy and the positive role we can all play in that education process.
In his second video, Michael talks about the importance of drive, determination and making sacrifices in order to reach your goals and how Indigenous culture provides kids with strength and resilience in their life. He recognises that a good education is also essential to achieving these goals.
You Got This – supporting 2020 school leavers
2020 has been a difficult year for so many Australians and it’s been particularly tough for our Year 12s.
Year 12 can be stressful at the best of times, let alone with the disruptions caused by COVID-19, which have impacted students’ study and seen Schoolies and formals cancelled, gap years abandoned and youth unemployment reaching almost 15%.
Research undertaken for DrinkWise in October 2020 shows that of the 519 Year 12 students surveyed nationwide:
65% rated this year as more difficult than they expected
48% don’t feel good about what’s happening in their life
48% don’t think they’re dealing with their problems well
41% are worried about their own mental health
11% (15% of 18-19s) are drinking alcohol or smoking to relieve stress and anxiety
4% have accessed professional support services when feeling anxious or stressed.
This research has formed the basis of You Got This, an initiative created by DrinkWise in which well-known Australians offer messages of support to Year 12 students who may be struggling this year. The videos encourage students to stay positive, reminding them that it’s ok to ask for help and that trying to relieve stress or anxiety with alcohol is not the answer.
Prominent Australians, including Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine, 7.30 Host Leigh Sales, NRL Players James Tedesco and Damien Cook and the Governor-General His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), have filmed messages for the initiative.
The messages are hosted on a purpose-built microsite which includes links to support services to provide assistance for those struggling: Beyond Blue, Headspace, Kids Helpline, My Mirror and ReachOut.
The videos – some of which are highlighted below – can be viewed and shared across social media and with anyone you know who might be struggling, by visiting www.yougotthis.org.au.
The second phase of You Got This features a series of six video interviews offering practical tips and experiences that can help school-leavers remain confident and resilient as they embark on life after school. Hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and recent Year 12 graduate Antonia Strickland, these interviews cover topics such as university life, financial advice, making the most of a good idea and how to help friends doing it tough.
We want to ensure visitors to Australia’s cellar doors have a great experience, for all the right reasons.
DrinkWise recognises the importance of industry providing consumers with information about alcohol content and health messages about responsible drinking, so they can make informed choices about their own alcohol consumption.
With approximately eight million visitors to wineries across Australia annually, multiple tastings on offer at each cellar door and multiple cellar doors visited, consumers need an easy and effective means to track their drinking, especially if they are driving.
This is why DrinkWise has partnered with the peak national body for the Australian wine industry, Australian Grape & Wine, to create resources designed to increase consumer understanding of how many pours (tastings) add up to a standard drink. The resources provide a practical solution for consumers to moderate their drinking during their winery visits – particularly if they are driving – and have been provided to over 1,800 cellar doors and tourism associations across Australia.
The resources, which include ‘scratch cards’ for tracking tastings and responsible drinking messaging, will help educate the community and have received an extremely positive response from consumers, industry and government. This work complements the other work undertaken by DrinkWise and Australian Grape & Wine, with a $400,000 grant from the National Wine Foundation and funding from the Australian Federal Government, to create the DrinkWise Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Program.
In addition to the resources pictured above, we have developed electronic resources which can be used on regional maps, tasting sheets, websites and social media.
Cellar doors, wine and tourism associations and related organisations can download the electronic files for use on their resources, free of charge, by clicking on the images below:
Your support of this important initiative is appreciated. If you have any questions or would like to order these resources (free of charge) for your cellar door or tourism association, please contact email@example.com.
Choose to DrinkWise
DrinkWise, in partnership with Retail Drinks Australia, has developed the “Choose to DrinkWise.” initiative which aims to promote responsible alcohol consumption.
The initiative will be rolled out across national liquor retailers and independently owned and operated liquor stores to remind consumers of the importance of moderation and making smart choices when it comes to purchasing and consuming alcohol.
DrinkWise and Retail Drinks Australia have partnered together to ensure consumers receive moderation messages when they are in the process of buying and consuming alcohol products and to allow retailers to use a consistent message across retail environments and media.
Is alcohol a problem? If it’s harming you, or someone you know, please speak to your GP, local health service or call/chat online with one of a number of different services – find out more on our support services page.
The DrinkWise Standard Drinks Calculator has been designed to give you a quick and simple way to understand what a standard drink is and how many standard drinks are in your favourite beverage. It’s for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon to predict blood alcohol level (BAC) or any other measure.
Give your baby the best possible start and avoid the risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). To prevent harm from alcohol to their unborn child, women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not drink alcohol. For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby. Find out more here.
The importance of moderation during COVID-19
COVID-19 has created great uncertainty for many Australians, particularly in relation to our health, well-being, general feelings of stability and financial security.
While restrictions are beginning to ease, the continued uncertainty means that some people may still be experiencing increased stress and anxiety.
DrinkWise has created videos featuring our Ambassador, Dr Andrew Rochford, reminding Australians about the dangers of excessive drinking during times of extreme stress.
Dr Rochford explains that while some people may be tempted to turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism, this won’t help and may make the situation worse. He emphasises the importance, for those who choose to drink, of drinking in moderation. He also reminds us that it’s essential parents continue to be good role models, particularly if choosing to consume alcohol in front of their children.
Dr Rochford features in a series of three videos:
Drinking in moderation during COVID-19: acknowledging that the implications of COVID-19 can create stress and anxiety, encouraging people not to use alcohol as a short-term fix and reminding Australians to reach out to support one another.
Parental influence: reminding parents about the importance of being a good role model for their children. You can get further information here.
Australian alcohol guidelines: addressing the importance of moderation during uncertain times, reminding Australians about the alcohol guidelines and urging them to seek help if needed. The Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol (which were under review when this video was made) recommend that to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.
Keeping track of your drinks is important, as alcoholic drinks come in different strengths and serving sizes. This can be harder when having a drink at home, where we often ‘free pour’ rather than using standard measure pours like at pubs and restaurants. The DrinkWise Standard Drinks Calculator can assist in keeping track of how many drinks you have consumed.
If you are looking for ways to reduce your drinking, there are a number of concrete measures you can take, such as:
setting yourself limits and sticking to them
drinking a glass of water or something non-alcoholic between alcoholic drinks
choosing low or zero alcohol drinks.
DrinkWise has also worked with Dr Andrew Rochford to create a series of videos aimed at answering common questions around alcohol consumption during COVID-19, such as:
Is drinking more in isolation normal?
Does alcohol weaken your immunity to COVID-19?
Is it normal to miss the pub?
Will the kids really take any notice if we are drinking more during isolation?
In addition to this activity, DrinkWise partnered with the New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police Force and the Australian Capital Territory Police Force to create resources which acknowledge that while Australians are facing the uncertainty of COVID-19 and may be feeling stressed and anxious, consuming alcohol as a coping mechanism is not the answer.
Through messaging on social media and radio stations, we encouraged anyone who is concerned about theirs or others’ drinking, to seek help and advice from organisations such as Beyond Blue (1800 512 348), 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) and the Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491).
Research conducted by YouGov of over 11,000 people in nine countries (May 2020) for the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) has revealed that 84% are drinking the same or less during shutdown. This is supported by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) research, which shows that 86% of Australians were consuming the same amount of alcohol, or less, during COVID-19 (research undertaken in April-May 2020).
DrinkWise research conducted in April 2020 has shown that Australians are actively looking after their physical and mental health, with 77% of Australians maintaining their previous levels of exercise or doing more and 73% taking active steps to look after their mental wellbeing.
Beyond Blue’s dedicated COVID-19 Mental Wellbeing Support Service, funded by the Australian Government, is a free 24-hour helpline (1800 512 348), available to support all people in Australia to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.
Further telephone and counselling services can be found here.
download the Australian Government mobile app – search “Coronavirus Australia” in the Apple App Store and on Google Play
access the Australian Government’s WhatsApp alerts by messaging +61 400 253 787 or go to http://aus.gov.au/whatsapp in your web browser.
Bounce Back podcast – presented by DrinkWise
DrinkWise created the podcast series Bounce Back to help Australians facing adversity or feeling lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and presented by DrinkWise, Bounce Back features prominent Australians – including Olympians Anna Meares and Bronte Campbell, Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine, Afghanistan veteran and Paralympian Curtis McGrath, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and senior public servant Michael Coutts-Trotter – talking about how they showed resilience and overcame adversity.
Bounce Back is about promoting wellbeing and good mental health by showing that even in the most difficult times there are people you can turn to for support. As an advocate for encouraging positive change – whether that’s our attitude towards alcohol consumption or mental health – and recognising that a lot of us are feeling a bit lost or struggling at the moment, DrinkWise is proud to support this initiative.
Bounce Back was launched with a message of support from Prime Minister Scott Morrison:
“While the strength and resilience of everyday Australians has been on show over these last months, and we’ve been so proud, there’s no doubt that times have been terribly tough. This is a crisis like none any of us have seen before. We can’t underestimate the impact that it’s having on individuals and their well-being. And some more so than others. Listening to Bounce Back, and hearing how others have overcome tough times, might just provide the inspiration you need to stay strong, to stay positive and to stay resilient. I hope so.”
Listen to the Prime Minister’s full message here:
If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact:
Beyond Blue – Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service
Supporting your mental health and wellbeing – it’s free and available 24/7.
For online counselling, peer support and practical advice visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
Or talk it through with one of their trained counsellors on 1800 512 348
Further telephone and counselling services can be found here.
Listen to Bounce Back on your favourite podcast app or via the links below.
In our final episode of Bounce Back, Dr Rochford speaks to Professional Mentor and Leadership Coach, Ben Crowe.
Ben’s work with professional athletes, sports teams and business leaders is renowned, having helped in the lives and performances of tennis champions Ash Barty and Andre Agassi, world surfing champion Stefanie Gilmour and more recently with the Australian Cricket Team.
Ben is the ideal final guest, bringing together the common themes of Bounce Back in a compelling mixture of insights and anecdotes that showcase the path to achieving happiness and confidence is underpinned by embracing vulnerability, being genuine and embracing imperfection.
In episode 12 of Bounce Back, we hear from Tasmanian Senator, Jacqui Lambie.
The Jacqui Lambie journey is an unconventional one. Raising two boys while serving in the military, a debilitating back injury led to a medical discharge and a long battle with the Department of Veteran Affairs, alongside the personal challenges of substance abuse.
A suicide attempt led to a turning point in Jacqui’s life. After receiving support and getting her life on track, in 2013 Jacqui was elected to be a Tasmanian Senator. Jacqui struck a chord with thousands of Australians when, in 2015, she told Parliament that her son was addicted to ice. Forced to resign from parliament in the dual citizenship fiasco, Jacqui went on reality TV to finance her re-election campaign and was returned to the Senate in 2019.
A warning that this episode contains conversations about suicide. If this raises issues of concern for you, please consider calling Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 for immediate support.
Episode 11 of Bounce Back features campaigner against domestic violence, Rosie Batty.
In February 2014, Rosie Batty’s 11-year-old son Luke had just finished cricket practice with his local team at a park on the outskirts of Melbourne, when he was brutally murdered by his father. It was the culmination of years of violence and abuse – most of which had been directed at Rosie.
The day after the murder, Rosie spoke out in the media about family violence, saying “I want to tell everybody family violence happens to everybody, no matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are. This has been an 11-year battle.”
Since then, Rosie has become one of the most prominent and successful domestic violence campaigners in Australia’s history. She created the Luke Batty foundation, advised governments, campaigned in Australian and international media and has been the recipient of many significant accolades including 2015 Australian of the Year.
Episode ten of Bounce Back features Richmond Captain, Trent Cotchin talking about the ups and downs of life at the Tigers.
In 2016, Richmond Football Club finished 13th on the ladder. Some footy fans had doubts about whether Trent Cotchin was cut out to be a leader, including Trent himself, who said: “I felt I was trapped under a black cloud at the end of that season. I got to the end of 2016 and that was probably rock bottom for me”.
One year later, Richmond broke a 37-year premiership drought. They followed up with another grand final victory last year.
Cotchin has won the Brownlow Medal – the AFL’s highest individual honour – and is a three-time Richmond best and fairest winner.
Episode seven of Bounce Back features Olympic Champion, swimmer Bronte Campbell.
One of the best quotes in sport can be attributed to Bronte: “I am the third fastest swimmer in the world and yet I am the second-fastest swimmer in my family. It is ridiculous. It is not normal.”
Bronte has represented Australia at the London and Rio Olympics. Heading into Rio, Bronte was reigning 100m freestyle world champion and sister Cate was the world record holder. On the first night of the swimming in Rio, Bronte and her relay team (including her sister Cate) won gold in world record time. Expectations were high for the individual race. It’s safe to say that things didn’t go to plan. Bronte finished fourth, Cate came sixth. Then came the media barrage and the subsequent journey to retain their self-belief.
In the lead up to the 2019 election, most Australians and media outlets were expecting a Labor win and for Bill Shorten to become the next Australian Prime Minister – an expectation fuelled by two years of consistent poll predictions.
When the results came in on election night, it wasn’t to be. Bill Shorten announced his resignation as Labor leader, acknowledging that as captain of the team, he bore ultimate responsibility for the surprise loss.
It has been over a year since the election and Bill Shorten is now Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and for Government Services. In this episode of Bounce Back, Bill Shorten speaks to Dr Andrew Rochford about the lead up to the election and how he coped with the loss – that night and in the days and months following – as well as the importance of his support networks and what now keeps him motivated.
In his early playing days, Johnathan Thurston was knocked back time and time again – told he didn’t have the right body type to pursue rugby league.
Now, many would consider him to be the NRL’s greatest ever player. He has won an unprecedented four Dally M medals – the highest individual award in the National Rugby League – and three World Golden Boot awards.
Last year, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to rugby league and as a role model, and in 2017 he was awarded the Human Rights Medal.
As Managing Director of the JT Academy, he’s making a difference in the lives of young Indigenous people, through wellbeing, education and employment programs.
On episode six of Bounce Back, we hear the inspiring story of former solider turned Paralympic Gold Medallist Curtis McGrath. McGrath was on active duty in Afghanistan when he stepped on a bomb.
Moments later and with both his legs gone, Curtis had to talk his team through the first aid needed to save his life. That’s right, to complicate matters, he was the person on the team with intensive first aid training.
Seeing the trauma on the faces of his team, he tried to lighten the mood as he was being carried away on a stretcher, calling out, “You’ll see me at the Paralympics.”
Fast forward four years and Curtis is Australia’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, having won gold in the men’s paracanoe KL2 division.
The journey of Curtis McGrath is an amazing one. This ten-time World Champion has strength, resilience and a will to win – but also knew the importance of reaching out for help when he needed it most.
In episode four of Bounce Back, Andrew speaks to Nathan Buckley, Coach of Collingwood Football Club.
Buckley played 260 games with club, establishing one of the best football resumes in the game’s history. As captain of Collingwood between 1999 and 2007, he led his side to two AFL grand finals.
In an at-times controversial coaching transition, Buckley took on the senior coach role at Collingwood in 2012. While the football world adored Nathan Buckley the player when he was flying high and the team was winning, when the Pies were regularly losing under Buckley the coach, supporters began to question his value and whether being a great player really made him qualified for the coaching role.
Buckley speaks to these moments in his career and how changing his attitude and coaching style resulted in better player relationships, emerging successfully from a coaching review and winning him the respect of footy supporters across the code.
Anna Meares is the only Australian to have won individual medals at four consecutive Olympics. In 2016 she became Australia’s most decorated Olympic cyclist in history.
But in January 2008, Anna nearly lost her career and almost her life when she broke her neck in a horrific track accident at the World Cup in Los Angeles.
Just ten days after her accident, wearing a neck brace, Anna got back on a stationary bike and pedalled for one minute. That afternoon she pedalled for five minutes. Seven months later at the Beijing Olympics she won silver in the sprint.
Bounce Back episodes one and two: Tim Paine – Australian Test Cricket Captain, parts one and two
In a special two-part episode to launch the podcast, Australian test cricket captain Tim Paine opened up about one of the darkest periods of his life -and how seeking professional support helped him beat his mental demons and save his cricket career.
The 35-year-old talks about how injury spiralled into a lack of self-confidence, almost ending his career.
“I was still loving training for cricket, I loved watching cricket, but when it came to my part in the game I just hated it, I would rather be anywhere else in the world because I was convinced I was going to fail,” Paine tells Bounce Back.
“I don’t think anyone knew that I was struggling at all, not my best mates, not even my partner. I remember times when I would be sitting at home, she’d be at work, and I would literally be sitting on the couch, not bawling my eyes out but I’d be crying…it was weird and really painful, it was hard to explain, but yeah I just thought I was letting so many people down.”
DrinkWise media highlights (2020)
Highlights of DrinkWise media in 2020
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The stresses associated with disrupted learning in 2020 have adversely affected female Year 12 students more than their male peers, according to new research, with more than half worried about their mental health as they approach their final exams…
Sydney Roosters star James Tedesco and Australian cricket captain Tim Paine are among a number of star athletes who have sent messages of support and inspiration to this year’s HSC students…
Pursuit of perfection is a flawed strategy that won’t spell success
28 September 2020 – Australian Financial Review
Ben Crowe, the man who ushered Ash Barty to world No.1, helped Dylan Alcott overcome self-hate and coached Richmond captain Trent Cotchin to a premiership, says the idea of achieving perfection is “bullshit”…
Ben Crowe, the man who ushered Ash Barty to world No.1, helped Dylan Alcott overcome self-hate and coached Richmond captain Trent Cotchin to a premiership, says the idea of achieving perfection is “bullshit”…
As friends of her late son, Luke, battle through Year 12 in isolation, Rosie Batty has opened up about how she gathered with them just prior to stage four lockdown to mark what would have been Luke’s 18th birthday…
Sally Pearson is revelling in her new life as a mother. The Olympic gold medallist gave birth to daughter Ruby Elizabeth in July and, in a new video, she says becoming a mother changed her world completely…
She’s a great athlete and Queenslander, is a new mum and the Ambassador for DrinkWise ahead of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day, Wednesday September 9…
Fresh hurdles for Sally
4 September 2020 – Gold Coast Bulletin
New mum raising awareness about alcohol during pregnancy….
Sally out to help all mums
4 September 2020 – Herald Sun
Champion runner Sally Pearson had dreamt of sharing the birth of her first child with her nearest and dearest – but after the world began locking down in the middle of her pregnancy, the former Olympian was no longer sure who she would have by her side…
DrinkWise CEO, Simon Strahan speaks to Channel 7 News about the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Drug Strategy Household survey results, with excessive consumption declining in young adults and more women abstaining while pregnant (starts at 31mins)
Australian Test Cricket captain Tim Paine has launched the Bounce Back podcast to help Australian’s whose mental health is affected by coronavirus. Paine talks about his dark times when his career was almost ended by injury and lack of self-confidence. The podcast, which is presented by DrinkWise, will feature other prominent Australians…
Aussie cricketing star Tim Paine has revealed how he struggled to deal with his return to the pitch following an injury, saying he lost “all confidence” in himself, struggled to eat and sleep, and was even embarrassed to leave his house…
Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine has opened up about one of the darkest periods of his life – and how seeking professional support helped him beat his mental demons and save his cricket career…
Many of us have felt the effects of over-indulging in alcohol every now and then. But as well hangovers, drinking can have some lesser known effects on our body, too – such as its impact on our immune system…
With the re-opening of hotels and clubs, the Hume Police District is encouraging the community to follow the messages of the DrinkWise campaign which encourages Australians to stay strong, healthy and to drink in moderation…..
With star on-baller Adam Treloar and Travis Varcoe in the mix for Round 2, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says his side is ready to embrace a season of attrition and wants players not selected to still be able to play…
Channel Seven feature on the new DrinkWise TVC ‘Benched’, featuring Richmond Premiership captain Trent Cotchin and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley reminding to stay positive and healthy, look out for one another, and, if choosing to have a drink, to do so in moderation.
Pies made of right stuff
17 May 2020
Nathan Buckley says Collingwood is well placed for a ‘survival of the fittest’…
As the COVID-19 crisis escalates and more and more people are finding themselves out of work or working at home, it’s very important that Australians are careful and moderate their consumption of alcohol…
Welcome to episode six of The Antidote, Radio Brews News’ daily check in with the Australian brewing industry to see how it is managing the current coronavirus emergency. Today we hear from Simon Strahan from DrinkWise…
DrinkWise Ambassador Dr Andrew Rochford has warned Australians about the dangers of excessive drinking during self-isolation and under times of extreme stress…
The effects of alcohol on your body
When enjoyed in moderation, alcohol can form part of a healthy lifestyle that includes good diet and exercise. On the other hand, excessive drinking can have harmful effects on your health. Many Australians enjoy having a drink, but not a lot of people realise how alcohol can affect their physical health.
Alcohol and your bowel
Alcohol may cause bowel irritation and may trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Excessive drinking can increase the risk of colon cancer.
Alcohol and your brain
Alcohol slows down the central nervous system which, in turn, impacts almost all of the body’s cells and systems. Alcohol misuse may cause alcohol-related brain impairment or brain injury.
Alcohol and your breasts
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women. Studies indicate a relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of developing breast cancer.
Of course, drinking alcohol does not mean you will automatically get breast cancer, but it does mean your risk of developing it will be increased. How much you drink over your lifetime is what increases the risk, therefore, you should stick to the Australian Government’s national drinking guidelines.
The guidelines also advise that for women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby.
Alcohol and your heart
Long-term and excessive drinking can increase your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, weakening of the heart muscle and heart failure.
Alcohol and your immune system
Alcohol can suppress the immune system, particularly in long-term or excessive drinkers, making you susceptible to illness.
Alcohol and your kidneys
Alcohol has a diuretic effect which means it tends to make you pass more urine. Drinking to excess can cause a substantial increase in urine flow and lead to excessive losses of body fluid and marked dehydration.
Alcohol and your liver
Regularly drinking to excess may result in a fatty liver which can affect this organ’s important function.
Continued excessive drinking may result in the liver becoming inflamed, causing alcoholic hepatitis or permanent liver scarring (cirrhosis) and subsequent liver cancer.
Alcohol and your pancreas
Continuous and excessive drinking can lead to pancreatitis. This can lead to permanent pancreatic damage and increases the risk of pancreatic cancer.
Alcohol and your reproductive system (males)
Drinking alcohol can decrease sex drive and performance. Alcohol can also reduce the amount of testosterone in the blood with heavy consumption of alcohol increasing risk of male fertility problems.
Alcohol and your reproductive system (females)
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation. This may make it difficult to conceive a healthy baby.
To prevent harm from alcohol to their unborn child, women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not drink alcohol. For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby.
Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This is a term used to describe a range of conditions that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth. Other effects of alcohol exposure during pregnancy can include miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth rate.
Alcohol and your skin
Alcohol dehydrates your body including skin – our largest organ. Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent and detrimental effects on your skin.
Alcohol and your stomach
Alcohol may irritate the stomach lining which can bring on nausea, vomiting and sometimes diarrhoea. Long-term, excessive drinking has been associated with increased risk of upper gastrointestinal cancer including stomach cancer.
Through the evidence-based Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provide Australians with evidence-based advice on the health effects of drinking alcohol, helping people to make informed decisions about how much alcohol they drink, if they choose to drink. Read about the guidelines here.
Liquor Accord partnerships to promote moderation
DrinkWise created a partnership model, to be rolled out with Liquor Accords across Australia, to promote moderation to all patrons entering Liquor Accord member venues via bespoke communication materials.
These materials serve as reminders to those customers who choose to drink, to do so responsibly and clearly set expectations around acceptable behaviour.
As the inaugural partner in this initiative, the Flemington Liquor Accord are leading the way and setting the benchmark for Accords looking to reframe the consumer experience at venues. With 239 licensed venues, the Flemington Liquor Accord is the largest liquor accord in NSW geographically and by footprint, with a membership base made up of local clubs, restaurants, venues, retailers and law enforcement agencies – all of whom are showing great leadership by looking at all available opportunities to promote responsible consumption of alcohol.
The print and digital resources have been provided to all Flemington Liquor Accord members in time for the busy summer period. Digital resources can also be downloaded here.
The initiative will be expanded to other Accords in the future, opening up a significant channel to consumers in and around drinking venues.
These partnerships will help to promote a great experience for patrons as well as reinforcing expectations around individual responsibly when entering Accord venues. Liquor Accords are encouraged to contact DrinkWise (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they would like further information about the initiative.