“Blow me first” may sound like a provocative turn of phrase, but at the heart of this phrase lies an organisation’s commitment to starting a conversation with young adults about responsible consumption of alcohol.
Since 2013, Blow me first has been exploring innovative and practical solutions to ensure peoples safety and wellbeing at events and parties, where excessive alcohol consumption has become the norm.
Recent studies indicate that 2 out of every 5 Australians will drink at dangerous levels at least once per year and 36% of Australians are drinking “to get drunk”. Hazardous and harmful binge drinking costs society over $15.3 billion per year split between:
- Costs of criminal justice (21%)
- Costs to the health system (12%)
- Productivity losses for businesses (42%)
- Cost of drink-driving induced accidents (26%)
Blow me first aims to promote safe social environments, by empowering people to know their level of intoxication and to make responsible decisions based on this information. By starting a friendly conversation with young adults in a positive context about the effects of alcohol and dangers of associated behaviours, we empower them to:
- Drink responsibly
- Understand the effects of alcohol on them
- Avoid drink-driving
- Avoid violent behaviour
- Establish healthier drinking habits
- Encourage their peers to drink responsibly
Blow me first empowers young adults to make safe and responsible decisions when drinking.