Film car­ries sober­ing mes­sage

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

PERTH IN an ef­fort to com­bat un­der­age and binge drink­ing, the The­atri­cal Re­sponse Group of the Constable Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion has launched #emi­ly­wasted – a thought-pro­vok­ing in­ter­ac­tive film cam­paign aimed at teenage girls.

The first in a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive movies al­lows view­ers to make de­ci­sions in re­la­tion to choices of­fered and thus de­cide the fate of the main char­ac­ter Emily.

There are four out­comes: Emily be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal in an am­bu­lance, Emily be­ing ar­rested, Emily sav­ing her friend from be­ing at­tacked, or Emily vom­it­ing all over her­self and un­able to help her friend.

The aim is to ed­u­cate young peo­ple on the se­ri­ous ef­fects un­der­age drink­ing can have.

Ac­cord­ing to Drink­Wise Australia, drink­ing al­co­hol as a teen in­creases the risks of short-term and long-term harm to health.

The web­site, which of­fers ad­vice for par­ents and teens, said binge drink­ing was re­ferred to as drink­ing con­tin­u­ously for a num­ber of days or weeks, oc­ca­sional or ir­reg­u­lar bouts of heavy drink­ing or drink­ing de­lib­er­ately to get drunk.

Risks as­so­ci­ated with binge drink­ing in­clude mem­ory loss, in­jury, di­ar­ro­hea, vom­it­ing, lack of judg­ment and al­co­hol poi­son­ing.

With younger school leavers, it is likely teenagers will at­tend par­ties where al­co­hol is present be­fore they turn 18.

Ac­cord­ing to Drink­Wise, teenagers may think an al­co­hol-free party is bor­ing and place pres­sure on adults to sup­ply drinks.

It said that many par­ents be­lieved al­low­ing kids to drink at home would help de­mys­tify al­co­hol, but re­search showed that this was not nec­es­sar­ily cor­rect.

“Al­low­ing a drink at home can be seen as ap­proval of al­co­hol, low­er­ing the bar­ri­ers for teens to drink in other en­vi­ron­ments,” it said.

South East Metropoli­tan Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant Matt Sharp said WA Po­lice have a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to un­der­age drink­ing.

“If your teenager is plan­ning on host­ing a party, be proac­tive and plan ahead,” he said.

“Don’t sup­ply al­co­hol, make sure adults are there to su­per­vise all the time, even con­sider check­ing bags as guests ar­rive, just to make sure no­body is sneak­ing al­co­hol in.

“Talk to them as young adults, but re­mem­ber to set clear bound­aries and out­line your ex­pec­ta­tions be­fore the party starts.”

Reg­is­ter a party on­line at www.po­ up to 28 days be­fore the event.

Teenage drink­ing is the fo­cus of a cam­paign by the Constable Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion.

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