National binge drinking campaign: Don’t turn a night out into a nightmare
The National binge drinking campaign: Don't turn a night out into a nightmare launched in November 2008 and ran until June 2010. The campaign was funded by the Australian Government's $53.5 million National binge drinking strategy to address the high levels of binge drinking among young Australians. The primary target audiences was teenagers aged 15-17 and young adults aged 18-25 years, while the secondary target audience was parents of 13-17 year olds. The main objective of the campaign was to contribute, along with the range of existing education, policy and regulatory initiatives, to a reduction in harm associated with drinking to intoxication amongst young Australians.
The National binge drinking campaign consisted of:
- a social marketing campaign that ran over two years and confronted young people about the costs and consequences of binge drinking
- a $7.2 million grants-based program supported community partnerships with sporting and other non-government organisations to positively influence environments that can shape the culture of binge drinking among young people
- $5.2 million in funding that was invested in a significant expansion of the Good Sports initiative of the Australian Drug Foundation in order to support local sporting clubs to build a culture of responsible drinking at the grassroots level
- $19.1 million in funding to support innovative early intervention and diversion programs to identify young people under 18 years who have been involved in an alcohol-related incident.
Resources were produced for both the general public and educators as part of the campaign. These consisted of:
- Alcohol and young people: a guide for parents brochure - produced in various languages
- information on secondary supply of alcohol
- information on drink spiking
- teacher's materials.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Health and Ageing
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