The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY)

This website outlines the aims of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY) which is a charitable organisation established in September 2010 with the aim of reducing levels of drinking, harmful drinking and alcohol problems among young people.

The Key objectives of the MCAAY include raising awareness of:
•    Levels of harmful drinking and harm from alcohol among young people;
•    Actions that are effective in preventing harm from alcohol; and
•    The need for action without delay.

The website has many interesting pages including ideas on how to take action, facts and figures about alcohol consumption and young people, various publications and useful links.

MCAAY works to stimulate and inform community discussion and debate about alcohol issues including:
•    Public awareness
•    Alcohol availability and access
•    Community education
•    Drink-driving
•    Developing coalitions
•    Support for services
•    Support for research
•    Exposure of young people to alcohol advertising, marketing and sponsorship, and
•    Working with indigenous organisations and communities.

Local, national and international evidence has overwhelmingly confirmed that alcohol is the cause of significant harm among young people. Alcohol is not just a young people’s problem, but many of the harms caused by alcohol are experienced by young people.

You can contact the MCAAY on:
Phone: (08) 9266 9079 or
Email: [email protected]

Writer Helen Splarn.  Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: MCAAY