Teen alcohol abuse tackled
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.