Alcohol and Adolescence

Getting drunk might sometimes be dismissed as harmless fun, but a new study by VicHealth and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education has found there’s a very serious side too to overdoing the alcohol.

The VicHealth and Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) report found the number of deaths caused by alcohol had increased 62 per cent in a decade.

What can we do about this?

 Parents often comment that they have little influence over their teenager, but research shows they can have the greatest influence – more than friends and the media*.

How can parents influence their child?

The Australian Drug Foundation has produced a new free downloadable booklet ‘The Other Talk’. It is a resource for parents containing information on ways to open a conversation with your child. It is advised to start the ‘The Other Talk’ as young as 8.  The booklet is free to download.( see the link below.)

The Other Talk is about families talking openly about alcohol and other drugs and is an important step when preparing your child for a teenage party. However, you could start talking to your child as early as eight years to make sure they have the right information and attitudes when they reach high school.

Starting the conversation early also means you create an understanding that when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, no question is too silly and no topic is off limits. At some point we have all sat down with our parents for ‘the talk’. It’s not always easy, but learning about sex is an important conversation that every parent and child should have.

The Other Talk is about families talking openly about alcohol and other drugs and is an important step when preparing your child for a teenage party. However, you could start talking to your child as early as eight years to make sure they have the right information and attitudes when they reach high school. Starting the conversation early also means you create an understanding that when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, no question is too silly and no topic is off limits. These topics could include related issues such as peer pressure, health, and safety. This booklet is a resource for parents wanting to learn about alcohol and other drugs to protect their children from associated harms. Further information is available online TheOtherTalk.org.au

*Parenting guidelines for adolescent alcohol use

If you have further questions or concerns please call:

Margaret Chigros

Adolescent Health Nurse Secondary School Nurse Program NWMR.

Collingwood College (Monday and Tuesday)

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