Lets talk about alcohol

The Shire’s Health and Wellbeing team is presently working in partnership key Victorian organisations to further understand the role of alcohol in our society and the impact of alcohol abuse in our community. This exploration has created the opportunity for the  Shire to partner  with seven local governments,  Casey, Kingston, Dandenong, Cardinia, Frankston, Bass Coast, as well as the Victorian Police, Peninsula Health, Victorian Department of Health, Ambulance Victoria and Swinburne University.

This consortium works to investigate the impact of packaged liquor outlets such as large retailers, who establish themselves in any given community. Of particular interest is the positioning of such alcohol retailers in socially and  economically disadvantaged communities and the possible consequential harms. The collection of a variety of data sources is assisting the group to establish a clear evidence based of the correlations between packaged liquor  outlets and alcohol fueled violence, health harms and community disarray.

The Shire has also partnered with Peninsula Health in the development of an educational dvd educating young people about the harms of alcohol on the body. Let’s Talk about Alcohol is a community resource that makes the link between alcohol consumption and its impact on the brain as well as the physiology of the human body throughout its various life stages. The DVD is available for viewing below and hard copies can be ordered by contacting MPS Social Planning and Community Development Team on 5950 1685.