Dave chats with Andrew Bennetto, CEO Life Education – Victoria and Tasmania

Leading health education provider, Life Education, is calling on Tasmanians to take a break from the booze this ‘Ocsober’ to help break the cycle of alcohol abuse and teach Australian children self-awareness and the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.

For the ninth year, the Life Education’s Ocsober campaign is rolling out in all major capital cities as well as regional centres throughout Australia.  This year, Life Education aims to raise $500,000 during Ocsober which will help reach to more than 640,000 kids Australia wide in more than 3,400 schools each year.


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Since 1979, Life Education have been the true pioneers of healthy living education and with the support of their iconic educational mascot ‘Healthy Harold’ the giraffe, Life Education is well-recognised and respected organisation at schools and with Australian families.

The Ocsober challenge will be a perfect opportunity to encourage participants to get fit and healthy, especially in the lead up to summer.

According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016 key findings, while the drinking patterns for young people continue to decrease, males were more than twice as likely as females to exceed the lifetime risk guidelines (24 per cent compared with 9.8 per cent).  Considerable improvement was made among teenagers (12-17-year olds) with the proportion abstaining significantly increasing between (72 per cent) and 2016 (82 per cent), up from (56 per cent in 2007).

For illicit drug use, according to (NDSHS) 2016 key findings, the number of people aged 14 or older illicit using drugs in Australia is increasing.  In 2016, about 8.5 million (or 43%) people in Australia aged 14 or older had used an illicit drug in their lifetime (including misuse of pharmaceuticals). Around 3.1 million (or 15.6%) had illicitly used in the last 12 months and 2.5 million (12.6%) had used an illegal drug not including pharmaceuticals.

Although the proportion using any illicit drug did not significantly increase from 2013 to 2016, there has been a gradual increase in use since 2007 (from 13.4% to 15.6%) and the number of people illicitly using drugs has increased from about 2.3 million to 3.1 million.