Task­force sets Christ­mas chal­lenge

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera Drug Ac­tion Task­force has en­cour­aged peo­ple to be mind­ful of their al­co­hol con­sump­tion dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.

Task­force co-or­di­na­tor Sally Pymer said the hol­i­days of­ten co­in­cided with higher al­co­hol con­sump­tion, and dan­ger­ous be­hav­iours such as drink-driv­ing, swim­ming while in­tox­i­cated and fam­ily ar­gu­ments could all oc­cur as a re­sult.

“The Christ­mas pe­riod can be ex­cit­ing for some and quite stress­ful for oth­ers,” she said.

“If you love Christ­mas, it might be good to re­mem­ber it as much as pos­si­ble by not go­ing over­board with the al­co­hol or drugs.”

The task­force has also called on Wim­mera res­i­dents to take part in a so­cial me­dia chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge in­volves not post­ing or lik­ing im­ages con­tain­ing al­co­hol on so­cial me­dia. Mrs Pymer said al­co­hol brands of­ten re­ceived free pro­mo­tion from peo­ple shar­ing im­ages of them­selves or oth­ers drink­ing.

She said chil­dren of­ten formed un­healthy im­pres­sions of al­co­hol con­sump­tion through so­cial me­dia.

“It is alarm­ing to think at least 103 mil­lion mi­nors are be­ing ex­posed to al­co­hol mar­ket­ing on­line on a monthly ba­sis. This ex­po­sure places them at greater risk of al­co­hol con­sump­tion and long-term prob­lems with al­co­hol,” she said.

Mrs Pymer said any­one who be­lieved they had a prob­lem with al­co­hol or other drugs could call Grampians Com­mu­nity Health on 5358 7400 or Unit­ing Wim­mera on 5362 4000.

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