Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the lo­cal sport­ing clubs that are some of the 7000 sport­ing clubs around Aus­tralia chang­ing our binge-drink­ing cul­ture.

Clubs work­ing with the Foun­da­tion’s Good Sports pro­gram are break­ing the link be­tween bingedrink­ing and sport by cre­at­ing safer, health­ier places for fam­i­lies to play sport.

The great news is that we know now with cer­tainty that it's work­ing.

The re­sults of a four-year univer­sity-run re­search trial pro­vide world-first proof of a com­mu­nity sports pro­gram re­duc­ing al­co­hol­re­lated harm.

Good Sports re­duces the like­li­hood of risky drink­ing at sports clubs by 37 per cent and the risk of al­co­hol-re­lated harm to club mem­bers by 42 per cent.

Al­co­hol harm costs us more than $15 bil­lion, causes 157,000 peo­ple to go to hos­pi­tal and kills more than 5500 Aus­tralians ev­ery year.

A proven, grass­roots way to re­duce these im­pacts is good news for the whole com­mu­nity.

Thank you to all the lo­cal Good Sports clubs part­ner­ing with us on this jour­ney so far.

To­gether we can con­tinue to help com­mu­nity sport thrive, and re­duce al­co­hol-re­lated harm across Aus­tralia.

You can find out more at www.good­ JOHN ROGER­SON, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Aus­tralian Drug Foun­da­tion.

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