Price of teenage drinking BROOME BEAT
Alcohol is responsible for the deaths of more youth than illicit drugs combined, yet more and more Australian youth are taking up drinking.
More than 70 percent of teenagers aged between 14 and 19 admit to drinking, and about one in three admit to drinking at harmful levels, yet teenage drinking is not being taken seriously enough.
Risky alcohol consumption contributes to a significant amount of teen injury, including falls, drowning, assaults and road trauma. It is also a major factor in teenage suicide. It is an offence for juveniles to possess liquor in a public place, the penalty being a $2000 fine.
What can parents do?
Be a good role model. One of the key influencers in a young person’s life is their parents.
Talk to your teenager about alcohol laws and the potential consequences of breaking them.
Praise a responsible attitude towards alcohol.
Adopt a zero tolerance alcohol policy for high school children as they face the greatest risk of harm.
If you must introduce alcohol, introduce moderate and responsible drinking in association with food.
Under-aged drinking on licensed premises
It is illegal for anyone under 18 to consume alcohol on licensed premises, or possess or bring alcohol onto licensed premises.
It is an offence for anyone under 18 to enter or remain on licensed premises except under specific circumstances outlined in the Liquor Control Act 1988.
It is illegal to sell or supply alcohol to anyone under 18 years on licensed premises. Penalty: a fine of $10,000.
Where a person has obtained the consent of the parent or guardian of a juvenile to supply liquor to a juvenile on unlicensed premises, the person must not supply the liquor:
If, at the time the parent or guardian of the juvenile gives consent the parent or guardian is drunk; or
If the person is drunk; or
If the juvenile is drunk; or
If the person is unable to supervise the consumption of the liquor by the juvenile; or
In circumstances prescribed by the regulations. Penalty: a fine of $10,000.
The definition of “drunk” under the Liquor Control Act 1988 is that the person’s speech, balance, co-ordination or behaviour appears to be noticeably impaired and it is reasonable in the circumstances to believe that impairment results from the consumption of liquor.
Proof of age
There are only three acceptable forms of photo ID:
Current Australian Driver’s Licence with photograph.
Proof of age card.