In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Twenty years ago, says Gudberg, Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. And there was a lot of interest in why people took certain drugs.
Every weekend, parents all over the Icelandic capital embark on a two-hour evening walk around their neighborhood, checking on youth hangouts. Focusing on local participation and promoting more music and sports options for students, the island nation in the North Atlantic has dried up a teenage culture of drinking and smoking. Icelandic teens now have one of the lowest rates of substance abuse in Europe.
The campaign highlighted the strong positive correlation between the way parents drink and how their children grow up to drink. The campaign achieved positive results with almost three in ten parents reporting that they had subsequently reduced the amount of alcohol consumed in front of their children. DrinkWise recognised that for many parents talking to their kids about alcohol and setting clear boundaries and expectations was a daunting task.
Our research indicates that the average age a person first tries alcohol is now Alcohol can have serious effects on developing brains and bodies, as well as leaving teenagers vulnerable to unsafe situations. Drinking alcohol is seen as something teenagers are expected to do as part of growing up but starting to drink so young is more damaging than many teenagers realise.
The following Web sites are for campaigns and programs support by Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking agencies. These Web sites reflect a developmental approach to preventing underage drinking, from helping preschool children establish a foundation for healthy decisionmaking to supporting tweens and teens in avoiding alcohol use to reducing and preventing alcohol use by young adults. Most sites offer resources for parents, educators, and community leaders as well as young people.
Communication is KEY! This program helps parents use the power they have to keep their kids safe through ongoing, critical conversations with their children about alcohol and other drugs. Believe it or not, teens list their parents as a major influencer in their decision to not drink alcohol before the age of
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The safest option for women is to abstain from drinking if they are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. DrinkWise, in partnership with Tonic Health Media has produced a series of short, informative videos about alcohol consumption that will be seen by millions of patients in GP waiting rooms across Australia. The drinking landscape in Australia is evolving. Australian Drinking Habits: vs seeks to understand how our drinking culture has changed over the past ten years, what has influenced these changes, and what this means for health prevention efforts aimed at reducing harm from excessive consumption.