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.

During 2011 to 2015, Victoria’s nine Regional Sporting Assemblies supported over 250 rural and regional community sporting clubs to provide an environment that supports and encourages the responsible use of alcohol, as part of the VicHealth Healthy Sporting Environments Program. This program supported clubs to implement practical actions, through a range of resources and examples from within sport.

Sport generates exposure to healthy behaviours” (Healthy Sporting Environments evaluation).


How can your sport promote responsible use of alcohol?

Why is responsible use of alcohol important to sport settings?

Good Sports alcohol program overview




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