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Page 23 JANUARY 2013 Tackling Alcohol Abuse Alcohol Management Plans and minimum standards The Australian Government has made a 10-year commitment to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to build strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy. Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory is a new $3.4 billion investment and responds directly to what Aboriginal people told us is most important. One of the areas many Aboriginal people asked us for more help with is tackling alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse is devastating the lives of too many Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. It can lead to violence, makes it hard to hold down a job or get the kids to school, and destroys health and families. As part of Stronger Futures, the Government is providing more support to communities to help: reduce the amount of alcohol consumed help problem drinkers change their behaviour develop local solutions to minimise the harm caused by alcohol abuse and ensure there is a continued policing presence and that stronger penalties for grog-running are enforced. One way we want to do this is to work with communities to develop Alcohol Management Plans. What is an Alcohol Management Plan? Alcohol Management Plans are a way for the Government to work with communities to: provide more support for vulnerable women and children and people with alcohol problems; and develop strategies for reducing the supply, harm and demand for alcohol in communities. Alcohol Management Plans are not about reducing or lifting alcohol restrictions in Aboriginal communities. Does my community have to have an Alcohol Management Plan? Your community can decide if it wants to develop an Alcohol Management Plan. Some communities may prefer to continue with the arrangements currently in place in the community to manage alcohol.