In comparison to the rest of the world Australia’s alcohol consumption is well above average.
And the Northern Territory contributes greatly to our the Aussie ‘world class average’
According to data from the Menzies School of Health Research …
- If the Northern Territory was a country, we would rank second highest grog drinkers per head in the world!
- Territorians drink alcohol 1.5 times more than the Australian national average.
- Alcohol related deaths are three times the national average in the Northern Territory.
- And … 642 million dollars is spent every year on alcohol related harm in the Northern Territory.
Drinking has become an ingrained aspect of the Australian culture and it is a big part of the Territory lifestyle. One of my key beliefs is ‘What walks in us runs in the next generation’. With that in mind, we have to ask ourselves what kind of self-care are we role modelling for our children when it comes to drinking.
A few weeks ago I was asked to be an ambassador for Ocsober which means 31 days of being alcohol free and in doing so raise money to support Life Education. Being asked had me taking a good look at my own habits in relation to drinking and thought to myself “Yep, Catie reality is you are drinking too much wine and you are beginning to rely on it to relax and tune out” so I took up the challenge and joined Ocsober.
Life Education is the largest, independent, Australian, health education provider for school children. They are a non-government, not for profit organisation who deliver programs to empower children to make safe and healthy lifestyle choices. Their programs cover topics like:
- healthy eating
- physical activity
- positive communication
- problem solving
- cyber-safety, and
- personal safety
Life Education play such an important role and in the Northern Territory the state of the art Healthy Harold mobile classroom travels long distances to reach remote communities.
If you are anything like me and believe education is key and that it is important to help our children understand the importance of healthy and safe choices than please jump on board and sponsor me to help raise much needed funds for Life Education so they can continue their amazing work across the Territory and help educate our next generation.
Every dollar counts!