1 in 3 Australian men exceed the recommended intake of alcohol.
It's often a touchy subject, with alcohol often accepted as being part of the Australian culture. But the association between alcohol and aggression is well-known.
Alcohol is estimated to be involved in around half of all violent crime. This is preventable. When we know all this, we shouldn't shy away from the fact that there needs to be more appropriate education around alcohol, violence and mental health.
Actor and Top Blokes Spokesperson Nick Bracks appeared on Sunrise to share his story this Men's Health Week. If you haven't seen the video, check it out now 👇
"It's such a big issue. It's embedded in society, really. It's not something we're educated about. It's something that we use as a coping mechanism, a lot of the time without being aware of it. I went through it myself. Especially for men - we're not taught how to talk about our emotions...that's why I got involved with Top Blokes Foundation, because they're doing incredible work in mentoring young men and trying to teach them these life lessons that we just don't get taught.”
NICK BRACKS, TOP BLOKES AMBASSADOR
It's not about simply saying, "Don't do it." We already know this can be futile. It's about engaging young men effectively and empowering them with the knowledge and skills to make the best decision.
If you'd like to get involved and take preventative action, you can support Top Blokes Foundation in a couple of ways:
If we all play our part, we can change a culture of acceptance into a culture of prevention.