Earlier this year we rolled out our second community profile survey, giving you the opportunity to tell us about what is going on in your communities, and also the kind of support you need to address local alcohol concerns.
The 2015 survey provided us an overview of what people were concerned about around alcohol and the existing strengths in communities. This helped us establish our service and informed the content of the Act on Alcohol website.
This year we again wanted to know about your concerns, but we also wanted to know the ways we can support you. Your responses directly help us to plan our activities for the next 12 months so that the service we offer is needed and relevant to your community.
Approximately 350 people throughout Queensland completed the 2016 survey. This was up on last year when there were 250 survey participants. Almost 75% felt that alcohol caused problems in the communities that they live.
The five issues most people expressed concerned about were:
- Domestic and family violence
- Binge drinking
- Drink driving
- Mental ill-health
- Physical violence.
These concerns are very similar to the concerns expressed in the 2015 survey. However, concern around drink driving has increased since last year.
The support most people were interested in was in the form of:
- Social media
- Developing a community action plans
- Online resources
- Community forums
Almost 50% of the people who completed the survey indicated interest in spending time addressing local alcohol-related concerns.
Where to from here?
Our team are now busily following up on the feedback you provided. We are willing to be involved in your community and help you achieve change around the things you are concerned about.
For social media, have a look and like our Act on Alcohol Facebook page. It will keep you up to date with our activities and engage you in things that are going on around alcohol.
A printable booklet around alcohol and drugs is being created and will be available on our website soon. You will be welcome to download and print it for use in your communities.
As many people expressed an interest in community forums and workshops we will be working towards facilitating forums across Queensland. This is a great way to start community conversations and involve the already existing expertise in your community.
We are planning our movements for the next 12 months now so if you want us to visit you, give us a call and lock in a date. We are open to all invitations.