TACKLING drug and alcohol abuse requires a team effort.
Australian rules football legends were yesterday representing their own former sides in the name of Healthy Harold and Life Education.
Carlton's Ken Hunter, St Kilda's Verdun Howell and Hawthorn's Peter Hudson weren't holding the ball on advice when it came to drug and alcohol awareness at the group's annual Cataract on Paterson fund-raising luncheon.
It was no surprise to hear Blues legend Hunter tip sport as a favourite for preventing undesirable influences in youth.
``Absolutely, I think all young people need role models in life, we're educating them in life skills among a pretty tough, competitive environment,'' he said.
``Keeping kids in sport is a big thing, with sport they are put into an environment where they learn discipline and are working around people who are positive influences.''
He said an influx of connectivity with social and online media meant that children were becoming more exposed to outside influences and the temptation of potential experimentation.
``You have to remember that reputation is everything, if you damage it too much, it can be very hard to recover from,'' Hunter said.
``At the end of the day, there's no place for these things in your life - life is hard enough without the complications and effects of drugs and alcohol on your emotions and mental health.''
Life Education chairman Stuart Bryce said the fund-raising auction would help to extend the organisation's reach across Tasmania.
``Life Education is about building resilience in children to help them make reasonable choice when it comes to drugs and alcohol,'' Mr Bryce said.