Younger people are particularly vulnerable to alcohol related harms. Parents, policymakers, schools and communities can all act to protect younger people from alcohol related harms.
Know the facts about alcohol in adolescence. Explain why you don’t want your kids under 18-years drinking. Talk to your kids about boundaries, expectations, and consequences.
Don’t give alcohol to your children. Secondary supply laws make it illegal for anyone else to supply your child with alcohol without your permission.
Communicate and share information with other parents to create a community culture that does not support adolescent drinking.
Role model positive behaviour around alcohol, with actions like:
If you’re worried a young person is struggling with alcohol, contact one of the services listed below for help.
Only use evidence-based alcohol and other drug education in classrooms.2
Adopt current best practice recommendations about taking a whole-of-school approach to creating a positive, healthy, and engaging space for young people.3
Consider how to share this information with as many parents and other influencers as possible, such as through mass media campaigns or workshops.
Consider how your community can have a say in liquor licensing decisions so we reduce the availability of alcohol to adolescents.
Make supervised extra-curricular activities, such as sport and art, more available to young people.
Talk to your clients about how much they’re drinking, drinking within the Australian guidelines,1 and the importance of role modelling to children.
Assist the community in having meaningful influence and control over the density of alcohol outlets, and the type of alcohol outlets, that are licenced in their community.
Support the delivery of evidence-based education in schools.2