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Lose the booze to help Aussie kids
Quit drinking? That's just un-Australian right?
It's funny isn't it, the Australian drinking culture. To create a stir of voices and questions, all one must do is say no to an alcoholic beverage.
If you're a man, he needs to harden up, and as a woman surely she must be pregnant. All jokes aside, there is a lot of pressure to drink in Australia, and that's not just amongst adults, but young adults and teens also.
For this reason, education is vital for teens to understand not only the pressures they will face growing up, but also the importance of keeping healthy. So how can we help?
During October, Life Education runs the campaign "Ocsober" to raise awareness and funds for their very important health education program that visits schools nationwide.
Who are Life Education you ask? If you aren't familiar with Healthy Harold then you sure missed out. Existing for over 35 years now, Life Education are Australia's largest non-government provider of health and drug education for young people.
Ocsober is a campaign that encourages adults to abstain from alcohol during the month of October. Not only does this model healthy behaviour for the little ones around you, but you'll most likely notice a few benefits physically as well. Abstaining from alcohol has seen many benefits from improved liver function, increased energy and even weight loss.
Keen to be involved but have a special event planned during the month? You can buy 1 day or 2 day leave passes if you simply can't abstain for the whole month. This money of course goes towards the charity.
So what are you waiting for? One month won't kill you, and hey it may just save a life. At the very least, you can rest assured knowing you are helping to provide young Australians with empowering information to live a healthy life.
This is a really great movement. It's my birthday soon and I am not interested in alcohol at all these days. The problem is, most people in my age group (24-25) prefer to socialize when beer wines and spirits are involved. I would rather have a freshly squeezed juice in my hand. To be a non-drinker causes social exclusion, is damaging to your body and can cause really harmful behaviour. This is why I personally really hope Ocsober catches on!