Monday, 10 March 2008

Govt unveils $53m to target binge drinking

The Federal Government has announced funding for a national plan to tackle the binge drinking culture among Australia's young people.

Federal Cabinet has today signed off on $53 million to go towards developing a drinking code of conduct at sporting centres.

It will also fund an early intervention program for underage drinkers and a media advertising campaign.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the Government wants to work with parents and the community to turn the trend around.

"If we get it right, this is of course going to make a huge difference to those young people whose lives can be so seriously damaged by not just the drinking, but the accidents and other incidents that often flow from binge drinking," Ms Roxon said.

"It will also have an impact on our hospitals, on the work of our health professionals across the country, and we know that we have to work with parents, with the community to really start to turn this trend around."


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