Alcohol abuse affects many families, and it was no different for Corrimal's Jennifer Wills.
It was the main reason the 23-year-old signed up for this year's Ocsober, a month-long sobriety challenge.
The initiative aims to raise $1 million in 2014 which will go towards Life Education, the charity synonymous with Healthy Harold.
"I know first-hand the impact alcohol and drug abuse can have on a family.''
Ms Wills is one of thousands of Australians who enjoyed the charity's healthy education program during her school years.
"I'm doing Ocsober because it's raising money for a good cause," she said.
"I remember the Life Education program from when I was at school and it's so important to educate children on the negative impact of alcohol abuse so they can make good decisions.
"I know first-hand the impact alcohol and drug abuse can have on a family.
"It can lead to bad decision-making as well as relationship breakdown and health issues."
A recent survey from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education found three-quarters of Australians believe the nation has a problem with excessive drinking.
That's evidenced by statistics from Life Education, which estimated 3200 Australians die as a result of excessive alcohol consumption each year, while 81,000 end up in hospitals for the same reason.
Ms Wills is not a heavy drinker but drinks socially on weekends and says it will be a challenge to avoid alcohol for a month.
"Getting through the coming long weekend will probably be the hardest as there's lots of events on," she said.
"But the Ocsober crew have given me a number of tips to help me through, such as recipes for mocktails and encouragement to catch up with friends for a walk or other activity rather than over drinks."
Those who would like to support Ms Wills, or other participants, in this year's Ocsober should visit ocsober.com.au.