DrinkWise urges responsible drinking during isolation
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more Australians are finding themselves out of work or working from home. In recognition of the pressures the virus is placing on people, DrinkWise is encouraging Australians to be careful and moderate their consumption of alcohol, and has developed messages for the community to help people make the right choices. This includes a warning about the dangers of excessive drinking during self-isolation, and video messages from DrinkWise Ambassador Dr Andrew Rochford. Australian Grape & Wine has also echoed the sentiment, encouraging Australians who choose to enjoy a glass of wine to do so in moderation.
“It’s ok to have a drink, but do it sensibly. Australian Grape & Wine fully endorses DrinkWise’s aim of fostering a healthier and safer drinking culture in Australia. We know that, unfortunately, some people in Australia consume alcohol in a harmful way. We also recognise that in these times, some may seek to use alcohol as a coping mechanism. With COVID-19 and the associated measures to flatten the curve putting significant pressure on people’s physical and mental health, the importance of drinking in moderation has never been more important,” said Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive of Australian Grape & Wine.
Battaglene has also urged those who struggle to drink responsibly to seek support from the DrinkWise website.
“Most people can enjoy a glass of wine in moderation as part of a healthy lifestyle, but we know for some people this isn’t possible. If you feel like you need help with your drinking, please call one of the expert support services listed on the DrinkWise website or speak to your local GP,” Battaglene said.
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