Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Booze Buster Toast of the Govt

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Booze Buster Toast of the Govt

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A HEALTH initiative started on the Sunshine Coast to help young people avoid alcohol abuse has scored a $100,000 windfall from the State Government.

Hello Sunday Morning, created by former Coast man Chris Raine, works to reshape the country's drinking culture by encouraging people to give up drinking for a set period.

It has earnt Mr Raine, who now lives in Melbourne, the title of 2012 Young Australian of the Year.

He said the grant followed months of negotiations and would help the organisation achieve its goal of having 10,000 members by the end of this year.

aIt's great to see government invest in something that actually works,a he said.

The organisation doesn't preach permanent abstinence but focuses on helping people understand why they drink.

aA lot of the programs around now focus on the way we drink,a Mr Raine said.

aIt's (Hello Sunday Morning) a brief break to really understand why you drink. I want to see Australia's drinking culture become more like Italy or France where we can enjoy alcohol without just getting drunk every night. …

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