ALMOST 60 per cent of teens are drinking alcohol every month by the time they turn 17 and more than one third of 12 to 17-year-olds drink to get drunk every time they consume alcohol.
These are the startling statistics from the Australian government which have prompted researchers at the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health to develop a national intervention to target alcohol-related harm among adolescents.
Dr Conor Gilligan is leading the project and said parents were usually the suppliers of alcohol to children in the early years.
‘‘Mums and dads think they are doing the right thing by introducing alcohol in a safe environment, but we’re seeing the earlier kids start to drink, the higher the risk of heavier drinking later on in adolescence,’’ Dr Gilligan said.
‘“We accept it’s hard for parents not to do it because drinking is a normal part of Australian culture and socialising.
‘‘We could tell them not to supply, and provide evidence and strategies, but we need to help parents take the message on in a way that’s appropriate for them.’’
The first step of the project will be to understand the concerns families hold about alchohol consumption by their children, and to gain data about where and how they are accessing information about it.
The survey will be used to develop an online resource that is engaging and has relevant information.
The research team has developed a survey which can be taken online: www.hmri整形美容医院m.au/children-alcohol-survey
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