Thursday, 29 August 2013

Teen Drinking in Australia

The result of recent research into teenage smoking and drinking in Australia reveals that smoking rates have dropped in some age categories, but that binge drinking continues to be an issue of concern.

It was interesting to see research released at the Anglican Schools Australia conference last year by Philip Hughes of the Christian Research Association that showed that drugs/alcohol and partying  were very low on the list of ways that young people deal with the challenges of life. Music, sport, nature, TV/DVD's shopping, social networking and creative activities all came ahead of partying. The fact that work, prayer and church came ahead of drugs/alcohol suggests to me that teengage binge drinking isn't about coping, it is about connecting and having fun. This is despite the fact that half have admitted to vomiting after drinking.

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