Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Reclaim Control with Humble Initiative; How to Get with the Program and Say Hello Sunday Morning

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Reclaim Control with Humble Initiative; How to Get with the Program and Say Hello Sunday Morning

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Shelley Strachan

REPORTER

shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com

GYMPIE region residents have been urged to take another look at their habits with booze and to try out a new program called Hello Sunday Morning.

More than 850 Queenslanders have already completed the free program, which organisers say is not focused on scare tactics or guilt and is not an anti-alcohol program.

Hello Sunday Morning simply asks people to check out their habits with alcohol and to find a way of taking the power back so they are in control, not the other way around.

In Gympie, alcohol plays a role in 45% of the disturbances our local police officers are called to.

A range of well-known names are supporting Hello Sunday Morning, including media personalities Deborah Hutton and Hey Hey It's Saturday star John Blackman, Beaconsfield mining survivor Brant Webb, comedian Mark Mitchell and actor and Underbelly star, Gyton Grantley.

Figures show one in five Australians drink at risky levels, 60% of Gen Y drinkers engage in risky drinking and four million Australians admit to drinking just to get drunk.

To get details about the program, all people in Gympie need to do is go to hellosundaymorning.com.au.

People can decide whether they want to try life without booze for a few weeks, a month, three months or longer.

Queenslander Chris Raine a who created the program a said the whole idea is for people to feel in control and to decide how and when they drink.

He still drinks and started the project in a humble way when he wrote about his own experiences on a blog called Hello Sunday Morning.

Since then the Queensland initiative has been exported to the USA, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and recently the project was launched in New Zealand.

More than 4700 Australians have already taken part. …

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