Sobar – Not So Straight Up aims to reduce alcohol-related harm within the LGBTIQ+ communities in the ACT through increased awareness of the health and wellbeing impacts of alcohol and challenging the social norms around drinking behaviour and alcohol culture.

This two-year project has been funded by ACT Health as part of the Healthy Canberra Grants Program. The project will help sexuality and gender diverse people and people with HIV reduce the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs by providing a range of relevant support services.

We work with our communities in a supportive and non-judgmental way, whether their interest is to be more informed about alcohol use, be able to use in a safer manner or to get support to reduce or stop use.
Health promotion and communications

Sobar is online with both an Instagram profile and Facebook page where we share all our tips and tricks for navigating the world sober or considering it, keeping your cool if cravings hit and finding like-minded humans to mingle with, either online or in physical proximity appropriate circumstances.

More details on the Merdian Website


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