Reduce Underage Drinking

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RESEARCH DRAFT & PLAN

STRATEGIES TO REDUCE
THE EFFECT OF ALCOHOL IN
YOUTHS IN LOGAN CITY

TEACHER – VINCE PETRALLIA
AUTHOUR – MICHELLE MACHIN

INTRODUCTION
The research conducted shows that about two thirds of Australian teenagers aged between 14-17 years drink alcohol and one in five of these drink at least weekly (AIHW, 2002). The consumption of alcohol by teenagers is associated with a range of unwanted health outcomes, i.e. Injury, depression, violence, risky behaviour, death etc.

Research also suggests that teenage drinking is predictive of problematic alcohol use in later years. For teenagers, the most common means of obtaining alcohol is from friends or relatives (69 %). Despite the illegality of sales to minors across all Australian jurisdictions, about 47 % of 14 – 17 years olds have purchased alcohol from a retail outlet (AIHW, 2002).

According to the Australian School, School Students Alcohol and Drug surveys, the estimated proportion of current drinkers among 14-17 year olds has steadily increased since the 1990`s ( White,2001 ).

Reference: Chikritzhs,T., Pascal, R.& Jones, P. (2004). Under-age drinking among 14-17 year olds and related harms in Australia. National Alcohol Indicators, Bulletin No.7. Perth: National Drug Research Institute. http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/pdf/naip/naip007.pdf viewed on 19/2/2011

The aim of this research is to Develop Strategies to Reduce the Adverse Effects of Alcohol on Youths aged 14-17 , due to under- age drinking in Australia. Binge drinking is a term used to refer to the consumption of large amounts of alcohol in a short space of time. Significant proportions of young people engage in risky drinking behaviour ( binge drinking ) at the national level( Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2008a ). * One quarter (23.8% males and 27.3% females) of young people aged 16-17 years drank at levels that put them at risk or high risk of alcohol-related harm in the short...
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