Teen al­co­hol abuse tack­led

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

A MA­JOR Telethon Kids In­sti­tute re­search project to re­duce teenage al­co­hol abuse has re­ceived a fund­ing boost.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook made the an­nounce­ment last week, with Telethon Kids set to gain a Health­way grant of $328,539. The project aims to in­crease par­ent-child com­mu­ni­ca­tion and par­ents’ skills to re­duce teenage al­co­hol use.

“While ado­les­cent al­co­hol con­sump­tion rates in WA have de­clined in re­cent years, this is­sue remains a pub­lic health con­cern, which re­quires con­stant at­ten­tion,” Mr Cook said.

In 2016, about 44 per cent of 16- to 17-year-olds had at least one stan­dard al­co­holic drink, and 8 per cent of 12- to 17-year-olds drank five or more drinks on one oc­ca­sion the pre­vi­ous year.

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