Al­co­hol ac­tion plan praised by po­lice

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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