CRINGING THE BINGE: Director of the Byron Youth Service, Di Mahoney with Tommy Franklin.
CRINGING THE BINGE: Director of the Byron Youth Service, Di Mahoney with Tommy Franklin. Contributed

Youth drinking targeted

AS PART of the second Cringe the Binge National Weekend of Action to Reverse Youth Binge Drinking, Byron Mayor Simon Richardson will be "Mixing it Up with Mocktails" from 7pm tomorrow, November 8, at a "fun-raiser" being held at the Byron Community Centre.

Tragically, five young Aussies die each week from alcohol-related causes, and with Byron itself heavily monitored by the NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing due to high levels of alcohol-related violence, the mayor's actions may be a recipe for reducing harm.

The Cringe the Binge National Weekend of Action is being held to draw attention to the dangers of intoxication in the lead-up to a busy summer season and Schoolies celebrations that start next week.

Cringe the Binge is an initiative of Byron Youth Service. Director Di Mahoney said: "Mixing up summer celebrations with non-alcoholic beverages helps to avoid intoxication, and the associated dangers. We want all our young visitors to keep safe and have a great time in Byron."

The adult fun-raiser will include a performance by the Byron Youth Theatre group, and local soul diva Lisa Hunt will share some tunes. Canapés and mocktails will be prepared and served by the BYS hospitality crew in partnership with North Coast Institute of TAFE.

Door prizes include two tickets to Uplift Festival and Mullum Music Festival. All funds raised will help support actions to reduce alcohol-related harms.

A youth gig will also be held on the Cringe the Binge Weekend of Action from 6.30pm at the Byron Youth Activity Centre.

Entry is $5 and there are door prizes from Afends, Pig House Flicks and Street Sushi.

For more information go to: facebook.com/ CringeTheBinge


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