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Alcohol and Teenage Drinking - Information and Resources - Bupa

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Read Bupa's advice on teenage consumption of alcohol, including how parents can influence teenagers to be responsible around alcohol at social gatherings.
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 4:03 AM
Some parents believe that it is okay for some teenagers to drink a small amount of alcohol though this article disagrees with that statement showing expert advice saying how it affects the growing brain. They also disagree by saying if the start to drink early then they are likely to drink at higher levels when they are older and they also include all the consequences of drinking underage. Binge drinking is very dangerous but especially for adolescents they showed statistics- 12-17 year olds, around one in 10 report binge drinking or drinking at risky levels and for 16-17 year olds, one in five drink at risky levels. These are very high scary statistics especially since the ages are so young. This article also offers something different from the others as well, because it next mentions if the child is to drink underage when the best time and place is and who with. Last it states to set a good example for the children and drinking because they look up to the parents as role models.
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Parents’ right to say no to teen drinking | Grog Watch

Parents’ right to say no to teen drinking | Grog Watch | Stay in Control - Jacqui Connor | Scoop.it
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 2:53 AM
Teenagers who are under the age of 18 are not aloud to purchase alcohol so there supplier can either be from there parents or an older friend. This article is encouraging parents to not supply the alcohol to there kid by introducing the 'secondary law'. They are talking about the law- 'The laws state that a parent or equivalent must give consent before their child is given alcohol on a private premises. People who do supply alcohol to underage drinkers without this consent are receiving hefty fines.' The comments from parents are interesting because the parents are quite happy to see this law come in because it gives restrictions for their children. This law I think is good because it gives the parents the choice to whether they want their child to drink or not and it can set restrictions for the teenager and make them more aware.
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Teenage drinking: The later, the better

Teenage drinking: The later, the better | Stay in Control - Jacqui Connor | Scoop.it
Indian Link, Linking Indians in Australia and Australians with India, Indian News in Australia.
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 2:16 AM
This article is giving advice and information to parents on underage drinking. The article starts by stating that when a teenager drinks- 'they are engaging in adolescent alcohol abuse and starting to experience some of the dangerous alcohol side effects that are correlated with underage drinking.' For a parent they want the best for their child and they want them to be safe, that is a scary, strong statement for a parent to read and could almost straight away convince them underage drinking is not right for there kid. It then gives statistics on young kids drinking and with the high percentage this could be a worry for the parent, it also says more than a quarter of 14-19 year olds put themselves at risk alcohol related harm at least once a month- which would worry a parent. After an introduction of convincing statements on how alcohol and teenagers don't mix, as well as scary statistics the article then starts giving on advice on talking to kids about alcohol and delaying the age they start drinking. It continues by saying consequences and stating how alcohol is not good for the growing brain and can disrupt development; a parent wants the best future for their child and a brain effected by alcohol does not sound appealing. The article ends with the 5 tips on advice for underage drinking. Tip 1 discuss the issues- is communicating to your child by helping with peer pressure and letting them know that drinking for young kids is not normal. Tip 2 educate by example - which is saying to set a good example about alcohol and watch your consumption. Tip 3 listen and engage- is knowing your kid and what they are doing, get to know there friends and there parents and communicate and know about the events that they are going to. Tip 4 a good relationship- is to be there for your kid, gain a trust with them and try to understand, kids who feel their parents are caring, concerned and supportive start alcohol use later and drink less. Tip 5 your expectations - let your child know the rules. This article is very good for parents because it gives information on underage drinking as well as advice on how to prevent it.
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Alcohol and health in Australia | National Health and Medical Research Council

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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 1:34 AM
This article is not fully focused on underage drinking, but it has a section on it. It also still gives statistics and consequences on drinking. This is also on the Australian government web page so it is a very trust worthy source. At first it gives general information and drinking on statistics in Australia, it shows why Australians might drink and this can occur to teenagers as well. In the underage drinking section it mentions the alcohol consumption is high for secondary students and is increasing. Although the first statistic - 'by the age of 14, around 90 per cent of students had tried alcohol', I find interesting, its difficult to believe because it is such a young age and is also my age. Because I can't picture last year in year 8 that 90% of my peers had tried alcohol before, if there was 100 teenagers in my year group last year I can easily say more than 10 of them hadn't tried alcohol. The next statistic shows how as they get closer to the legal drinking age drinking becomes more regular. Also the last statistic said that 19% of 12 year olds had drunk the previous week, I think that this is a scary, dangerous statistic. 12 years old is such a young age and to be drinking at that age is horrendous. It is still 6 years off the legal drinking age, a 12 year old isn't even classified as a teenager and kids that start drinking at an age like this are more likely become addicted when they are older. The article also shows effects that alcohol has on the body, cumulative effects, alcohol related disease and injury, social effects but also in contrast potential health benefits of low levels of alcohol. Even though this article only has a small section on underage drinking the rest of the article still relates to teenagers.
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Getting deep and meaningful on topic of under-age drinking

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Aaron, a cute 16-year-old with a cocky grin and a Justin Bieber-esque thatch of hair, doesn't think he has ever pressured anyone to drink.
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 16, 2013 5:26 AM
The article gives real life quotes from a real young adolescent who would be experiencing the pressure of drinking. He comments on how he is the only one who does not drink and how it is difficult to stay with the drinking crowd. It would be very difficult having all your friends drinking and only you not. The article mentions promoting teaching - "for those under 15 is to not drink. Those over 15 are encouraged to delay drinking for as long as possible and then to stick to two drinks at any one sitting." I think that is this is a very good promotion because 15 and over is the usual age when alcohol starts to enter your life and it will be hard to resist. It would take great obedience (which many do not have) to say no to every single drink when all your friends might be having a great time with drinking. So I think it is great that they are promoting that if you do choose to drink limit the drinking, don't binge drink and do things you will regret. If you wanted to have fun that night with your friends then you should make sure you actually remember the fun you had.
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How parents can influence teenage drinking - web fact sheet - Drug Prevention & Alcohol Facts - DrugInfo

How parents can influence teenage drinking
Number 6.3 June 2008 (updated April 2011)For parents
Introduction
Young people are influenced by a lot of d
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 3:52 AM
Whilst many parents are trying to prevent their kids from underage drinking, binge drinking and altogether bad drinking habits some do not realize that it is sometimes partly there fault from the example they set. Kids look up to parents and if the parents drink large amounts regularly then this will look normal to the kid and will adopt it into there own habits. The article mentions how it is important to maintain a good, trustworthy relationship with your child and that can also prevent them from bad drinking habits and keeping it all from you. The article states since they are introduced to alcohol at an early age watching the parents, this influences there ideas on alcohol and will probably adapt the parents habits for the future. It is saying that the parents need to be aware of their behaviors around alcohol because it gives a strong message to the child, it gives pointers on how you can set a good example for the kids. It is showing how parents can influence the childrens drinking by talking about it, making the boundaries clear, being consistent, talking about consequences etc. It then tells you why not to provide your children with alcohol and states laws about providing alcohol for a minor. This is a good article because it can point out to parents how they could be influencing there childs drinking habits and also provides advice on how to make the childrens future in drinking most safe.
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Keepemsafe.com.au » Teenage Parties

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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 2:42 AM
This is another article for kids and underage drinking. It starts with a powerful, strong but so true quote about peer pressure. It is stating how usually the drinking starts at the party scene- where you being the parent is absent and you can't change or help the peer pressure in those situations to drink. It then shows the situation of drinking- you want your kids to fit in but also wanting them to have a good relationship with you. The article is very general and talks and relates to the reader. The article then states some myths and then says very reasonable consequences and possibilities of what could happen if you supply them with alcohol. It also seems to include every possibility but the article is also not being biased in anyway it is just stating the facts of it could happen. It then makes you think twice about the trust issue, because with alcohol the trust can fade away. It shows important points to consider if your child is wanting to hold a party with alcohol, which can make you think twice. It also warns them to think twice about their decisions because their kids are not growing up in the same generation as they did and things are different. This is an excellent article because it states all the common myths about underage drinking and the issues with that myth which can inform parents more on the situation, make them think twice and make sure the best decision is made for their child.
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What Are The Dangers of Underage Drinking? DrinkWise Australia

How teenagers who drink alcohol risk their normal brain development. Information for parents on the dangers of underage drinking, by DrinkWise Australia.
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 1:48 AM
This article is short but it still says all the right things about underage drinking. First in bold it mentions kids and alcohol don't mix which is a very true, crucial statement that needs to be stressed. It starts off by stating facts about the average drinking age and the worries teenagers drinking at risk. The article states that a teenagers brain is not the same as an adults; it gives information on the important development of the brain in the teenager years. It shows how this development can be disturbed by alcohol and parents and the child would want the best for there future so by saying how alcohol can effect your future and potential is an effective statement, It gives advice to parents on delaying their child's drinking age and lowering consumption.
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Why should we worry about underage drinking? | Social Marketing & Population Health

Why should we worry about underage drinking? | Social Marketing & Population Health | Stay in Control - Jacqui Connor | Scoop.it
Underage drinking is a major public health issue for Australia, the US, the UK and most other industrialized countries. Alcohol is involved in 13% of deaths in
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 19, 2013 1:04 AM
The article gives information on why we should worry about underage drinking and the effects it has. It mentions 1 teenager dies a week from underage drinking and over 60 are hospitalized; these statistics are very harsh and scary. It tells you why alcohol is not good for us and states the dangers of underage drinking such as mental & social health problems, risk sexual behavior and injuries. It shows how drinking is not harmless by large, astonishing statistics such as “367 people died and near 14,000 people were hospitalised because of the drinking of others…. [In 2005,] over 70,000 Australians were victims of alcohol related assault, among which 24,000 people were victims of alcohol-related domestic violence…. Almost 20,000 children across Australia were victims of substantiated alcohol-related child abuse.” It shows how it is getting worse through more statistics and showing how more younger teenagers are starting drinking earlier and consuming more. If we don't stop this then in the coming years the age of starting will continue to decrease and the consumption will increase; it will become normal and this is very dangerous for the social and health issues of a young adolescent. This is a good article because it is educating the reader about underage drinking and helping minimize it.
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Young Life Australia

Welcome to Young Life Australia, a dynamic not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and nurturing our youth by building confidence, values and resilience.
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Jacqui Connor's comment, May 16, 2013 3:42 AM
This is an excellent article and I agree with what is being mentioned. As the years go- the drinking age is younger, the amount of drinking is increased and the pressure is stronger- it seems to be expected that you will drink underage. Many teenagers rely on alcohol to much and have trouble socializing without it. Though I don't agree with the legal drinking age being risen to 21 years old, I think that there should more information and more consequences for underage drinking. Or there should be a higher consequence on the supplier of the alcohol for the teenager, because if there was no supplier then the teenager wouldn't get access. The article is also effective because it mentions the consequences that are really relevant to teenagers. The life threatening consequences need to be stressed more to teenagers like stunt in growth, unsafe sex, rape, a car crash etc. The article is effective because it shows real life statistics relating to adolescents and drinking.