The pluses of running alcohol-free events


WHY WOULD YOU EVEN WANT TO HAVE ALCOHOL AT YOUR EVENT WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY POSITIVES TO BEING ALCOHOL FREE?

Here are eight good reasons for making your event alcohol free.

  • Alcohol-free events are easier to organise; you don’t need to apply for and get special licences to handle and/or sell alcohol.
  • You don’t have the hassle of trying to work out who is over 18 years of age and can legally purchase alcohol and who isn’t.
  • Alcohol-free events are easier to manage and control. There’s less chance of things going wrong (getting out of hand and having to deal with drunk, unpredictable people). Plus alcohol-free events are easier to clean up after!
  • There’s a positive buzz to organising an alcohol-free event because you know that you are doing something good for your community – helping create a great atmosphere for everyone without the burden of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Alcohol-free is healthier on so many levels: preventing damage to developing brains, reducing the level of violence, reducing the risk of attendees drinking and driving before and after the event.
  • Everyone can focus on the fun event rather than on how much alcohol they should be drinking and how to dodge the messy drunks.
  • The pressure is removed for those who don’t want to drink.
  • There are no unpleasant public scenes of drunkenness to deal with.

When you organise an awesome alcohol-free event, you can be certain everyone will remember the fun they had for days to come – and the positive vibe can last a long time.

 
“We need to make efforts to change the way young people perceive alcohol. The first step to seeing this happen is to provide alternatives, like going to see live music, creating safe spaces for youth and amping up the all-ages gig scene, and then I think we’ll create a gradual cultural shift away from drinking.”

GRACE STRATTON / STUDENT / LIVE MUSIC ENTHUSIAST / BLOGGER
 
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