Alcohol Abuse LGBTQSobar – Not so straight up is a health promotion campaign of the AIDS Action Council, that reframes the conversation around alcohol in LGBTIQ+ communities in the ACT with the aim of reducing alcohol related harm.

The program is supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.

Over two years, the program will work with LGBTIQ+ community members to increase awareness of the health and wellbeing impacts of harmful drinking and challenge social norms that influence risky drinking behaviours and alcohol culture.

People at risk of alcohol related harm will be supported to access treatment and self-help options through the use of peer navigators.

“We are proud to support this vitally important program that addresses the higher rates of alcohol and other drug use among LGBTIQ+ populations” ACT Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said.

“Targeted messaging and settings-based supports for LGBTIQ+ communities are unique features of this program and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact it will have in the LGBTIQ+ community.”

The Council’s Executive Director, Philippa Moss said “CBR Fair Day on 2 November will see the launch of Sobar, a pop up sober bar and a first for an Australian pride event. Sobar attendees with have the opportunity to sample non-alcoholic beverages from CBR Fair Day sponsors. Sobar will be the first of many community activities as part of this exciting initiative”

“Sobar attendees will be asked to complete a brief survey to help us understand baseline drinking habit in LGBTIQ+ communities. The results from the survey will shape the design of a targeted social media campaign and respondents will have the opportunity to be part of a community reference group that will guide future stages of the project.”

The program will be supported by a number of sober curious events and activities that will give LGBTIQ+ Canberrans the opportunity amplify the buzz of socialising sober and make new and meaningful connections.

LGBTIQ+ awareness and inclusivity training will be offered to services working in the space to increase their capacity to meet the needs of LGBTIQ+ Canberrans seeking support for alcohol related issues.