Alcohol action plan praised by police
COMMON CAUSE: Members of the Communities That Care Alpine Local Drug Action Team at the program’s launch last week.
“They understand and identify that no one agency, operating in silo, will be able to achieve the necessary positive change we need.
“I was stunned by the alcohol consumption data for young people in the Alpine community.
“It is very timely for each and every one of us to challenge ourselves as to what is a safe and appropriate level of alcohol consumption and how our own behaviour impacts on young people in or community.”
Last month, year eight teachers and a group of year nine student leaders attended student workshops and specific program training designed to assist the roll-out of The Smart Generation program at all secondary schools in the Alpine Shire from 2017 until 2019.
The program focuses on assisting young people and their families to discuss and adopt guidelines that reduce alcohol use and reducing the supply of alcohol to adolescents from packaged liquor outlets, peers, parents and other adults.
“We anticipate that our local community will support this program by attending parent events, hosted by their children and engage in conversations about alcohol,” CTCA coordinator and Alpine Health health promotion officer Lisa Neville said.
“In addition, supply monitoring of packaged alcohol retail outlets will commence this year through to 2020.
“The Smart Generation is a multi-tiered intervention that targets students, peers, community and families.
“The key messages is young people should not drink alcohol until 18 years of age.”
Communities that Care Alpine received $10,000 in funding to establish the Local Drug Action Team.