Price of teenage drink­ing BROOME BEAT

Broome Advertiser - - Advertiser | Opinion - Constable Bryce Wil­lis

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.

Un­li­censed premises

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.

Cur­rent pass­port.

Proof of age card.

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