You can celebrate without Alcohol!

New research from Roy Morgan released by the Salvation Army this week reveals some astonishing figures that our churches need to take seriously (is it too late for many of our Christian young people?).

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Point 1: 26.4% reported that when they drink alcohol it was often because they were celebrating (approximately 4.8 million people) and 47.3% said it was sometimes because they were celebrating (approximately 8.6 million people).

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Point 2: 2.1 million People sometimes use alcohol because they want to get drunk (12.1%)

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Point 3:  32% of 18-24 year olds reported they often or sometimes consume alcohol because they want to get drunk.

For many years now I have been appalled at Christian functions serving alcohol – especially weddings – when it seems to be the “right thing to do”.

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It is time once again for Christians to set an example and promote the positive message you can celebrate without alcohol and teach our young people this.

All pastors and leaders need to promote this positive message. Yes, we all know the dangers of alcohol and the carnage and personal tragedies that result from getting drunk.

PLEASE, may these figures scare you into positive action?

And well done Salvation Army for arranging this research.

you can celebrate without alcohol!   you can celebrate without getting drunk!

Lachlan Dunjey

Check out the rest of the statistics.

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And well done Salvation Army for arranging this research.

Salvation Army Media Release: 

Alcohol Awareness Week

The Salvation Army’s annual Alcohol Awareness Week (21–25 October 2013) called for debate around alcohol advertising and sponsorship, particularly in sport.

New Roy Morgan research* commissioned by the Salvos reveals 72% of respondents say alcohol and sport have become too closely related in Australia and 67% say it is time to start phasing alcohol sponsorship out of sport in the same way as tobacco advertising.

‘Australia is a sporting nation. We see this every weekend when thousands of young Australians take part in sporting activities across many codes,’ said Kathryn Wright, Territorial alcohol and other drugs Unit Director. ‘The Salvation Army is calling for a re-think about where alcohol fits into this culture.’

Some of the policy directions that have already been discussed or implemented in other countries include the banning of alcohol sponsorship in sport and the banning or restricting of alcohol advertising during sporting telecasts.

The Alcohol Awareness campaign has the backing of major organisations including The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, The National Stroke Foundation, Dr Kerry O’Brien from Monash University and Curtin University’s Professor of Health Policy Mike Daube.

*1,001 people were surveyed across Australia.

21–25 October 2013 | salvationarmy.org.au “Alcohol Awareness Week”

Lachlan Dunjey

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