To skoll or not to skoll

This week many have been discussing the Prime Minister’s skolling of a schooner of beer after joining a local rugby team celebrating in a Sydney pub.

It’s notable that it happened in a sporting context, where we have too often seen binge drinking celebrated and promoted through the sponsorship of sport.

This shows the pressure our culture places on even the senior politicians in Australia experience to appear to be big drinkers.

It’s important for all of us to remember the symbols and signals we give to young people about acceptable behaviour will help them determine the future culture and their health outcomes.

In light of quite a few raised eyebrows this week, as well as public outroar about Shane Warne’s line of interviewing at the Cricket World Cup, it’s encouraging to see the community is becoming increasingly more sensitive to the way we deal with alcohol culture in our community.