From: Defence Media
Sent: Wed 4/06/2014 1:32 PM

Defence releases new guidelines for the use of alcohol in the ADF

Defence today released new guidelines that aim to minimise alcohol related harm in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian Defence Force Alcohol Management Strategy and Plan 2014-17 (ADFAMS) is a landmark document that sets out a four-year framework for improving alcohol management and reducing the negative impact of alcohol on the health, safety and capability of the ADF.

The strategy, developed in collaboration with the Australian Drug Foundation, is an outcome of the recommendations of the Independent Advisory Panel Report on Alcohol use in the ADF produced by Professor Margaret Hamilton in 2011.

Vice Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin said the strategy built on Defence’s existing work on alcohol education and promoted earlier access to treatment for alcohol issues.

“Alcohol related harm is a common problem within the Australian community and the ADF is not immune,” he said.

“We recognise that drinking at unsafe levels can have a negative impact on individual health, performance in the workplace and affect relationships with family members.”

The strategy has been developed to give clear direction to Defence members, leaders and commanders at all levels in terms of responsibilities and expectations for changing behaviours.

It draws on sound evidence from the National Drug Strategy 2010-15 and recommendations from the World Health Organization by incorporating an integrated suite of supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction interventions.

The supporting tools and materials include an ADF Behaviour Expectations Statement endorsed by the Chief of the Defence Force, a Leaders Guide to Alcohol Management and an ADF Event Management Guide.

“The message for Defence members is clear: when drinking–anywhere or anytime–the ADF expects all members to be responsible, be safe and be respectful.”

A copy of ADFAMS and supporting materials is available at

http://www.defence.gov.au/health/DMH/alcoholmanagementstrategy.htm

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