There are lots of campaigns, tools and apps that encourage safer drinking. Have a look below, they might just help change the way you think about alcohol.AODconnect is a national directory of alcohol and other drug treatment services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The app allows you to find a service by state, territory and/or region through an interactive map of Australia or by alphabetical listing. Services can be filtered by the type of treatment they provide: counselling and referral. harm reduction and support groups, outreach, mobile patrols and sobering up shelters, residential rehab, withdrawal management and young people.
Wave goodbye to hangovers and next day regrets, say hello to doing more and feeling better.The #SoberSelfie Challenge is a free initiative that makes it easier for you to say no to a drink. While you’re not drunk or nursing a hangover, make sure you take a snap to show off your good times without the booze using the hashtag #SoberSelfie and tagging @SoberSelfie. You can even nominate some mates to take the challenge by tagging them in your pics or by chucking their name and email into the nomination form. Challenge yourself. Challenge your mates. A weekend or two weeks off the booze — can you do it? It’s time to be your best selfie. Find out more
Mates Motel CampaignIf your mates have been drinking, let them know they don’t have to drive home – they can stay at your place. Find out more.
Hello Sunday MorningHello Sunday Morning is all about taking a break from drinking and changing the drinking culture around you. Its purpose is to provide a platform for individuals to create meaningful and positive change in their lives by taking a short break from alcohol. Find out more.
Drinks MeterThe Drinks Meter is designed to allow people to think about their alcohol use and compare their use to other people like them. It aims to encourage people to be safer and wiser, and to provide them with some simple tools to reduce the risk of harms related to their use. Find out more.
The AUDITThe acronym AUDIT stands for the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. This is an easy-to-use tool used by healthcare professionals to help identify your level of risk for alcohol-related problems. It consists of 10 multiple-choice questions: give it a go to check if your drinking is likely to cause problems. Don’t forget to discuss the findings at your next doctor’s visit. Find out more.
Alcohol and drug screening toolTurning Point has developed a questionnaire that looks at your alcohol and drug use, along with your overall health and wellbeing. This helps identify problem areas and suggests appropriate steps to take if problems are apparent. Click here to start the tool, it only take around 15 minutes to do.
Ray’s Night OutResearch has shown that excessive alcohol use is widespread in young people; more than doubling the risk of injury in young people aged 15 to 25. With this in mind, the e-Tools for Wellbeing team – a partnership between the Young and Well CRC and Queensland University of Technology – have developed ‘Ray’s Night Out’, a new app providing young people and those working with them an accessible, engaging resource to further develop their understanding of alcohol and drinking limits. Find out more.
febfastStarted in 2007, febfast encourages and supports participants to cut out the alcoholic, sugary, bubbly treats for the month of February. It also raises funds that help young people access the support needed to reach their potential and lead a healthy life. Febfast funds help the Queensland-based Brisbane Youth Service in supporting homeless and at-risk young people. Find out more.
Join the Drive to Save LivesDeveloped by the Queensland Government, the Join the Drive to Save Lives is a road safety initiative with the goal to get the whole of Queensland to rally together behind road safety. Check out the initiative including the “Dry drivers, we salute you” campaign here
Information in this section has been drawn from the following sources:
- Babor, T, Higgins-Biddle, J.C, Saunders, J.B, & Monteiro M.G, 2001 The alcohol use disorders identification test: Guidelines for use in primary care, 2nd Ed, WHO, Department of Mental Health and Substance dependence, Geneva, Switzerland.