Alcohol-free pledge to urge Aussies to make better choices

QUEENSLAND'S battle with binge-drinking has prompted the state's doctors to join forces with the group Hello Sunday Morning to change the culture.

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Christian Rowan will pledge to go without alcohol for three months from Tuesday and join Hello Sunday Morning CEO Chris Raine to urge all Australians to make better drinking choices.

It comes after figures released earlier this month by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education shows there has been a 57% increase in alcohol-related hospitalisations in Queensland from 2002/03 to 2011/12, a 31% rise in alcohol-related emergency department presentations between 2007 and 2012, and a 45% jump in people seeking treatment for alcohol issues between 2005-06 and 2010-11.

Hello Sunday Morning was set up in 2010 to help individuals take a short break from alcohol and share their stories.

Since its creation, almost 10,000 people have signed up to go 12 weeks or more without alcohol, and blog about their journey on Hello Sunday Morning.



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