Part of Drug Action Week's focus is alcohol at sporting events.
Part of Drug Action Week's focus is alcohol at sporting events. The Northern Star

Drug week aims to tackle alcohol abuse

INSTEAD of targeting heroin, cocaine or cannabis, this year's Drug Action Week is tackling a more prevalent drug - alcohol.

The campaign, which started yesterday, is sending the message that people should not overlook alcohol as a dangerous drug and is focusing on alcohol and sport.

"Drug Action Week is for everyone working to reduce drug-related harm in Australia and provides us with opportunities to remind ourselves that drugs encompass more than just heroin and cannabis," Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia CEO David Templeman said.

"Alcohol and sports are both integral parts of our society and there are many reasons the two might cross.

"Reasons for use could be for the performance-enhancing effect, as an after-game celebration or commiseration, to enhance enjoyment and relaxation, or to help recovery."

Lismore Italo Stars Football Club secretary Mark Pratten said the club, like many others, had a Code of Conduct which addressed problems with alcohol at sporting events.

"We've always had a Code of Conduct, but we've started to emphasise and highlight it this year," Mr Pratten said.

"We don't allow alcohol at sporting events, but people are still entitled to drink in the licensed premises at the club, but it is a separate area."

Mr Pratten said that as most sporting events were family-orientated, it was important to keep drinking to a minimum.

"We are trying to improve the enjoyment of the sport for everyone involved," he said.

"Alcohol isn't always what starts the problem, but it doesn't help, which is why we have to minimise consumption to avoid the potential for anti-social behaviour."

If you would like to know more about Drug Action Week, there is a display in the foyer at the Casino Library, with information and giveaways available.

Also, Kyogle Youth Action, in Summerland Way, next to the pool, will hold a forum each afternoon this week so that young people can talk about alcohol-related problems.


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