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Teaching young people about alcohol, and the associated risks is an important part of enabling them to make informed healthy choices.
With regularly drinking often considered a normal part of the Australian culture, education by schools and by parents at home can affect their child’s choices about alcohol in the future.
Evidence shows what parents do, how they communicate their expectations and whether they supply alcohol can have a major impact on their children’s views around safe drinking.
Over the past two decades, alcohol has become more readily available, with greater product varieties and in more places than ever before. Alcohol is now promoted more prolifically, especially with the introduction of social media, and is cheaper and more affordable than ever before.
Experts report that even with responsible drinking by adults, the message sent to young people through exposure to alcohol use is that alcohol is an important, necessary part of everyday life.
This cultural ease around alcohol can encourage young people to drink, drink at an earlier age and to want to be part of the drinking culture they see around them, which in many instances is one of harmful drinking.
Parents are encouraged to have honest conversations with their children about the short term and long terms risks associated with drinking alcohol to ensure they make the healthiest decisions about alcohol.
For more information, visit the Alcohol Think Again website.