COUNCILLOR’S COUNSEL: Craig Howe tips out his beer in preparation for Ocsober.
COUNCILLOR’S COUNSEL: Craig Howe tips out his beer in preparation for Ocsober.

Give yourself a break

IF YOU can't give up grog for a month you need to have a good, long, hard look at yourself says Craig Howe, and he doesn't mean it in a derogatory way.

"It's just true," he said.

Cr Howe, who is both a physical education teacher and one of the Clarence Valley's councillors, has decided to take part in Ocsober and he'll be getting friends and family to sponsor him to make sure he boots the booze for the month.

All proceeds raised are donated to Life Education Australia, the organisation behind the educational mascot, Healthy Harold.

For Cr Howe the program presented a worthwhile double-header.

"Life Education is a good thing and obviously it needs money like everything else," Cr Howe said. "But also Ocsober is a good opportunity to take stock of how you're living life and have a look at your health, not just in terms of alcohol but your general health too.

"It's not just about alcohol, it's how you're eating, if you're exercising; everything like that as well."

As a physical education teacher Cr Howe is confronted with the unenviable task of explaining responsible drinking to young people and the message you don't need alcohol is one he is keen to get out.

"Ultimately young people will make their own choices, but it doesn't hurt for them to know it's okay not to do this," he said.

In terms of how he will stay dry, it's pretty simple.

"I'm just not going to drink," he said.

While he didn't expect any problems doing this, Cr Howe acknowledged one day would be challenging.

"(NRL) Grand Final day will be a tough one," he said.

To sign up for Ocsober visit Ocsober.com.au or phone 02 8262 4300.



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