VicHealth Chief Executive Officer Jerril Rechter, Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge and North Melbourne coach Brad Scott at the Say When launch.
A Say When poster, part of the
alcohol self-assessment campaign.
Website gives guidance on personal alcohol use
Victorians now have a new way of assessing their use of alcohol.
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge launched Say When, a free and confidential online tool that gives Victorian adults a chance to assess their drinking and what it means for their health and wellbeing.
‘Most people know that risky drinking is harmful but, the trouble is, very few can confidently define what risky drinking is.
‘Few people consider each drink they have in the context of what else they’ve drunk that night, that week or that year – and the idea of asking for more guidance is daunting.
‘This tool enables people to inform themselves by doing a self-assessment anonymously, confidentially and in the privacy of their own home.’
Minister Wooldridge said Say When offered personalised assessment of a people’s drinking and whether they were at risk of alcohol-related illness or injury.
‘As well as guiding users through an assessment of their own drinking habits, Say When includes a comprehensive self-guided program to help users reduce their drinking with motivational enhancements and interactive tools.’
Say When was developed by Queensland University of Technology and is supported by VicHealth.
VicHealth Chief Executive Officer Jerril Rechter said Say When was a safe, non-threatening way for people to see how their own drinking habits stacked up and, if they wanted to, make a change.
‘Say When is a drinking health check.
‘It’s been carefully designed to be supportive and informative, without finger wagging or labelling people who – like most Australians – enjoy a drink.’
North Melbourne AFL coach Brad Scott, who helped launch Say When, said understanding alcohol use was an important consideration when assessing health and fitness.
‘Thinking about food and exercise is only part of the equation when it comes to taking care of our own health and wellbeing,’ Mr Scott said.
‘Thinking about your drinking is another really important way – and Say When is a great place to start.
‘It’s about finding out what’s safe and what isn’t when it comes to alcohol, and adjusting to habits that are safer and healthier in the long term.’
Ms Wooldridge said the site also listed a range of telephone and web-based help services for people who wanted to tap into any number of Victorian Government-funded alcohol services.
A targeted campaign, with resources distributed to GPs, pharmacists, the primary health sector, workplaces, libraries and sporting clubs, is under way.
‘The campaign will seek to reach Victorian drinkers directly through Facebook advertising and indirectly through their healthcare providers, clubs and community places,’ Ms Wooldridge said.
‘Anyone completing a drinking self-assessment by August 31 has the chance to win a $3,000 pack of Apple products, including an iMac, iPad and Apple TV kit.’
• Say When can be found on the Better Health Channel at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/saywhen or by typing ‘say when’ into Google.