December’s launch of a new service, Act on Alcohol, and its website is aimed at providing Queensland communities with the information, support and networks they need to tackle alcohol-related harms at a local level.

Established by Lives Lived Well, one of Queensland’s leading drug and alcohol support organisations, and funded by the Queensland Government, the service is ready to take calls from local communities who are keen to take action on alcohol but are not sure how to take the first step.

Going live on Thursday 3 December, 2015, the website provides people with lots of great information and templates to help local communities develop plans to tackle the harms related to alcohol. Check it out at: www.actonalcohol.org.au

New research by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has found that at peak times, one in eight presentations to hospital emergency departments (EDs) in Australia are alcohol-related.

Act on Alcohol provides a range of advice and support to help communities assess their local needs and issues, link them with other key stakeholders in their community and help them to develop and implement local-level solutions.

Lives Lived Well CEO, Mitchell Giles says that for community action on alcohol to succeed, it’s important that communities are supported and empowered to network, build partnerships and influence local policies. And that is the aim of the Act on Alcohol service and website.

“People in communities are in a prime position to prevent alcohol-related harm, as they are the ones who know their community best,” Mr Giles said. “Our service can work with a range of people, from groups, clubs and services to educators, students, businesses and residents.”

Act on Alcohol Senior Community Development Officer, Kelly Williams said: “We will work with communities to develop their ideas, skills and knowledge to tackle alcohol problems in their local area. We can help them take that first step, and support them along the way.”

A key feature of the service is the Act on Alcohol website which contains information, tips, tools, and step-by-step guides on how to take action on alcohol including:

  • how to form a community group
  • run a community forum
  • plan a community alcohol project
  • and how to engage media.

The website also provides effective strategies to tackle alcohol-related harm, important facts about alcohol and has an online library.

The Act on Alcohol service’s team have experience in community engagement and development, health promotion, social media and project planning. They also have a wealth of knowledge on how and who to connect with in local communities to take action.  The team can be contacted by email or phone, and are available to talk to anyone in Queensland interested in addressing alcohol-related harm in their community.

The Act on Alcohol website and service contact information can be found at www.actonalcohol.org.au

Email actonalcohol@liveslivedwell.org.au or phone 3834 0277.

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For media inquiries, call Lives Lived Well’s Marketing Team, Michelle Saftich on 3834 0214. Email: Michelle.Saftich@liveslivedwell.org.au