The new Alcohol.Think Again ‘I need you to say no’ campaign is a collaborative initiative between the Mental Health Commission (MHC) and Alcohol Programs Team, Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA. The Campaign is informed by the National Health and Medical Research Council Guidelines that ‘for young people under 18-years-of-age, ‘not drinking alcohol is the safest option’ and sees an emphasis placed on supply control.
The Campaign aims to reinforce that most parents don’t provide alcohol to their children; and given teenagers vulnerabilities to the effects of alcohol and associations with adverse adult outcomes, it’s best for teenagers to delay alcohol use until at least 18 years-of-age.
Evidence suggests that earlier initiation of drinking is related to more frequent and higher quantity alcohol consumption in adolescence, and these patterns are in turn related to the development of alcohol-related harms in adolescence and adulthood 1
Research shows that giving teens alcohol, although done with good intentions, may in fact be more harmful - children whose parents gave them alcohol in early adolescence were three times more likely to be drinking full serves of alcohol by the time they were 16 years old than children in families who did not supply alcohol. 2
No one should give alcohol to under 18s.
Primary: Parents of young people 12 to 17 years-of-age in Western Australia.
Secondary: Young people 12 to 17 years-of-age in Western Australia.
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1 NHMRC (2009). Preventative Health Taskforce (2009). Preventing alcohol-related harm in Australia: technical report 3. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/preventativehealth/publishing.nsf/content/09C94C0F1B9799F5CA2574DD0081E770/$File/alcohol-jul09.pdf
2 Mattick, R. P., Wadolowski, M., Aiken, A., Clare, P. J., Hutchinson, D., Najman, J., . . . Kypri., K. (2017). Parental supply of alcohol and alcohol consumption in adolescence: prospective cohort study. Psychological Medicine, 47, 267-278. doi:10.1017/S0033291716002373
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