Talk it out

Your kids may already be more aware of alcohol than you think. And they’re almost certainly ready to hear what you have to say. Start your conversations now. And stop underage drinking in your family.

Underage drinking in North Carolina starts earlier, and comes with higher costs, than we imagine. Not just dollars and cents, but lives lost, futures irrevocably altered, brains forever impaired — all of the physical, social and emotional damage that can weigh down tweens and teenagers for the rest of their lives.

Your kids may already be more aware of alcohol than you think. And they’re almost certainly ready to hear what you have to say.”

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Don´t drink and drown

A 21-year-old woman whose brother drowned after a night out last year, is campaigning to educate people about the risks involved with drinking alcohol near water.
Paige Winsper’s brother Josh was a fisherman from Penryn, Cornwall, who never made it back to his boat after going out with his crew mates in a Welsh port.
He was found in Milford Haven harbour the following day, four times over the legal drink-drive limit.
He is one of 366 people to have drowned in incidents involving alcohol or drugs in the last five years, according to the Royal Life Saving Society UK.

Watch the video from BBC (August 2017).


Magistrates’ Court of Victoria’s Drug Court

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria’s Drug Court from Magistrates’ Court of Victoria on Vimeo.

The Victorian Drug Court is a division of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria that provides for the sentencing and supervision of the treatment of offenders with a drug and/or alcohol dependency who have committed an offence under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to support a drug or alcohol habit.
The Victorian Drug Court initiative is a response to the failure of traditional criminal justice measures to adequately address drug use and related offending. The Victorian model has attempted to incorporate the best features of existing drug courts in order to establish a unique program addressing the specific needs of Victoria.

Find more about Drug Courts (Australia).

Go Sober this October


Be a Soberhero and go 31 days without alcohol this October – say no to the booze and yes to raising money for people living with cancer.

And just like every hero’s trusty sidekick, Macmillan will be with you every step of the way to help you along your sober journey.

By signing up to the challenge you’re doing something amazing for people with cancer. All the money raised by those Going Sober this October will help Macmillan support even more people facing cancer.

So thank you for taking part in Go Sober, raising a glass (of water) and standing proudly beside people facing cancer.

Read more from Go Sober (UK).

One Punch Can Ruin Two Lives

Twelve per cent of recorded violent crime in Scotland (2015-16) involved a single punch, and Police Scotland is today launching its national ‘One Punch Can Ruin Two Lives’ campaign at Glasgow’s Garage nightclub.

The four-week campaign, which forms part of “Safe Summer”, urges people to think about the long-term consequences of their actions and consider that alcohol is often a factor in these incidents.

Launching the campaign at The Garage in Glasgow, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said: “Drinking too much can make you vulnerable and it increases your risk of becoming a victim of crime or getting into trouble.

“One punch can kill and could result in you facing a jail sentence. I want people to enjoy their nights out but at the same time to drink responsibly and consider how much alcohol they are consuming and the effect it has on their decision making and judgement.”

Read further from Police Scotland (August 2017, Scotland).