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Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary



Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary

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Tabled Paper 633


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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It will also aim to prevent the initiation of harmful drinking by people who do not consume alcohol at all - particularly the young as they approach the legal age of drinking - or by those who now drink responsibly. It will be neccessary to identify the many programs already operating and the groups already involved; evaluate, build on, and support them, and fill gaps. Extensive research and evaluation will be required to define and prioritise issues and target audiences for example, underage drinkers, women, Aboriginal youth, drink driving, etc. - and to determine the most effective motivational approaches. W hat is going to happen? To the year 2000, the Government will fund, as a priority, a comprehensive and dynamic community educational and motivational process which aims to change individual and societal attitudes, beliefs and values. It will be firmly founded in local research and evaluation, and designed so that it reaches all relevant audiences in the Territory, to : provide knowledge about what responsible drinking is and consequences of excessive consumption as a basis for making informed choices; provide skills which increase the capacity of individuals to drink responsibly or to abstain; create an environment which actively encourages responsible drinking and discourages hazardous consumption; establish awareness of the links between alcohol misuse and community, family, and personal problems; provide, and stimulates the desire to engage in, activities which give meaning to peoples lives, and decrease the urge to resort to acute intoxication as a release from boredom or pain. use all available approaches to reach all relevant groups with the appropriate messages. The primary aim of the program is that people will choose, individually and collectively, to exercise effective controls over their own drinking behaviour. The development of such internal controls by individuals and groups is reflected in, and supported by, external, statutory controls, which reflect and reinforce cultural values. 3J2 CONTROLS support and reinforce cultural values and care It is recognised and accepted that regulatory and legislative controls are necessary to reinforce, and assist in bringing about, desired cultural values. In this area, the results of an extensive community consultation process have already been available to Government in the Interim Report of the Sessional Committee. 7

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