Teens prove responsible with alcohol

THE State Government and VicHealth’s decision to launch a $1.9 million campaign aimed at empowering young Victorians to make responsible choices about alcohol is music to Communities That Care Myrtleford’s (CTCM) ears.

The No Excuse Needed campaign was launched last Wednesday and it coincides with the release of a snapshot of Victoria’s drinking culture, which revealed many young people feel peer pressure to drink, but most don’t start the night intending to do so.

The campaign is also timely for CTCM who are hosting a forum next week about underage drinking in the Alpine Shire.

CTCM chair Angus Goodman welcomed the news of the new campaign and said it’s time for an attitude shift towards alcohol.

“Currently the Governmetn and Vichealth are trying to reduce the number of teens who are drinking and bring around a much needed shift,” he said.

“We are pushing for young people not to drink until they are at least 18-years-old.

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