The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) has found that one in eight deaths of Australians aged under 25 is now related to alcohol consumption, one in 5 hospitalisations of people under 25 is due to alcohol, and almost two thirds of 18-20 years olds drink “specifically to get drunk”.
Investing In Our Youth has been able to utilise a number of strategies to minimise harm and reduce underage drinking in the South West region.
Be Alcohol Aware Project
Investing In Our Youth were pleased to receive support for the Be Alcohol Aware project from the Telethon Foundation to provide support for alcohol awareness activities in the South West region in 2013/14.
The Be Alcohol Aware project aimed to use the skills of young people to increase alcohol awareness and reduce the incidence of underage drinking. The target group for the project was young people aged 12-17 years in the South West region and their parents.
The key strategy of the project was to administer a community alcohol awareness fund to provide opportunities for young people across the region to be involved in alcohol awareness activities developed for young people by young people (funding $100-$1,000 per activity).
An evaluation report on the stage
Be Alcohol Aware project is available Be Alcohol Aware project evaluation report.
Sample posters from the 2011 Be Alcohol Aware competition.
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