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Each week our special NRL ambassadors will rotate writing duties to bring you up to date with the latest off-field Rugby League news from around the country, including the far-reaching beneficial impacts of dedicated One Community programs. This Week Andrew Ryan talks about the importance of knowing when to say no to alcohol.

NRL One Community have partnered with NSW Health to support their ‘Know When to Say When’ responsible drinking campaign for the 2013 Country City Match. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the effects drinking can have on not only yourself but your family, work colleagues, friends and partners.

Australia has a strong culture of alcohol consumption; whether it’s a few drinks after work or at a sporting event, it’s not unusual to see a drink in most people’s hands. The campaign is not about stopping drinking all together it’s about getting people to know their limits and when is enough.

We all know the immediate effects of alcohol such as dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, slow reactions and blurry vision but rarely do people think about the effect it has on people around you.

Key messages we will be promoting at the Country v City match and some tips on how to monitor your drinking include:

  • Make a Plan B before you start drinking or set a limit for yourself
  • Keep track and count the number of drinks you are having
  • Ensure you stay well hydrated and consider having water throughout the night as drinking causes dehydration
  • Make sure you have enough to eat and avoid drinking on an empty stomach
  • Remember to pace yourself
  • Set yourself a budget and only take a fixed amount of money to spend

We have recently filmed a Community Service Announcement to be played at the Country City game and one figure that stood out to me the most is that there are over 3,000 deaths from Alcohol in Australia every year.

Knowing when to say when, therefore, can benefit everyone.

Along with myself, a few other One Community Ambassadors will be present at the Country City game during the precinct handing out giveaways, getting photos in the ‘know when to say when’ photo booth and for a bit of fun doing a relay race at half time.

I love this time of year when all the Rep games are on. All the players and fans love the Country vs. City match. I can’t wait to be at the ground cheering the Country boy’s home.

We hope to see you all out there to watch a great match and enjoy the game but remember; ‘Know When to Say When’.

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