Responsible Use of Alcohol
Alcohol is consumed responsibly by thousands of Australians with some individuals choosing to do so while relaxing, celebrating or just simply enjoying the company of others. In sport, alcohol consumption occurs across many settings including club rooms, recreation facilities, stadiums and sporting grounds. Alcohol is commonly available at most major and local sporting events, functions, fundraisers, competitions, matches, training sessions, as well as other sporting activities.
Although alcohol is consumed by many people in an enjoyable and responsible manner, it can also present a range of associated risks if not consumed at a safe level. Excessive alcohol use contributes significantly to the burden of disease in Australia and is associated with some chronic diseases, injury and premature death.
Vicsport and VicHealth have developed resources for clubs to gain a further insight into how clubs can provide a safer environment for all staff, volunteers, coaches and players by being mindful when serving alcohol.
GOOD SPORTS ALCOHOL PROGRAM OVERVIEW
“The Goods Sports program has enhanced the understanding of responsible alcohol consumption among sporting clubs who participated in the Healthy Sporting Environment Program” (Healthy Sporting Environments evaluation)
The Good Sports program is a primary resource of the Australian Drug Foundation.
The Good Sports program uses a setting-based approach towards alcohol related issues via a three-tiered accreditation program.
- Liquor licencing legal obligations
- Bar management strategies
- Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training for bar
- Smoke-free environment benefits
- Providing low alcohol and non-alcoholic drink options
- Implementing a safe transport strategy
- Providing food options when alcohol is served
- Development of an Alcohol Management Policy
- Clear plans to reduce and prevent underage and problem drinking
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