ReThink the Drink is a new project that seeks to inspire alcohol culture change among lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women in Victorian regional and rural areas. It’s part of VicHealth’s Alcohol Culture Change Initiative (ACCI) which is funding nine different projects aimed at reaching groups who engage in risky drinking behaviours.
The first part of our project is the ‘Couldn’t Have Done That with a Hangover’ campaign. This campaign was peer-led and created through a series of community consultations. We went out and spoke with LBQ women in regional areas about the role alcohol plays in their communities and what changes they'd like to make when it comes to drinking.
Most women we spoke with didn't want to give up drinking, but they did want to reduce the amount they drank. A lot of women said the dreaded hangover was often a barrier to achieving their goals, and those goals ranged from wanting to start their own business to reducing their motivation to be more physically active.
We’ve begun collecting stories from women who are sharing their thoughts on drinking within LBQ women’s communities. Some of them reflect on their on drinking habits and reflect on why they’d like to drink less, and some women have shared their strategies of how they have reduced their drinking.
Sharing your story and hearing others is a great way to see that you're not alone.
Share your story here.
If you would like 'Couldn’t Have Done That with a Hangover' posters or postcards for your community event please contact email us
Thorne Harbour would love to hear from LGBTIQ women about our 'Couldn't Have Done That with a Hangover' campaign. Your input goes a long way to informing how we continue working with our communities - take the survey here! Please note that your responses will remain anonymous.