While we are delivering our Party Safe Education™ program, we often ask what people consider to be the drug of most concern for young people. The majority of people we talk to view alcohol as the drug of most concern and this is supported by current research. For this reason, our seminars have a dominant focus on […]
The end of year festivities are just around the corner and many families are getting ready to celebrate. Over Christmas and New Year, some adults may choose to drink and some may choose not to, for a variety of reasons. However, we are particularly interested in how young people might choose to celebrate during the Christmas […]
Last week saw the release of the national data for the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and other Drug (ASSAD) survey for 2014. This survey produces the most extensive statistics about young people and drugs in Australia, and what decisions they are making. Approximately 25,000 students aged 12-17 years participate in the survey every 3 years. […]
When planning a party, there is a lot to think about. Invites, food, drinks, decorations, not to mention setting up beforehand and packing up afterwards. If the party is held at a person’s home, there is also the necessary preparation to ensure that valuables are protected. Whilst party safety may be high on the list […]
In July, a review of South Australia’s Liquor Licensing Act 1997 handed down 129 recommendations to the South Australian Government. Now the government has responded to the recommendations and indicated what the new drinking laws will look like in South Australia (SA). Encounter Youth provided a submission and consultation in the review and unpacked some of […]
One common question we often get from young people in regards to alcohol is “what’s the best hangover cure?” Recently, the methods employed to obtain the best hangover cure have become more elaborate. During a Party Safe Education™ seminar earlier this year, a student asked if eating charcoal helped sober someone up and reduce hangover […]
South Australia’s Liquor Licensing Act 1997 has been in place for nearly two decades. In that time, there have been substantial changes in what we know about alcohol use and its impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Specifically, there have been significant discoveries on the negative impact that consuming alcohol can have on young people, […]
The much-awaited preliminary results of the 2014 Australian Secondary Students Alcohol and Drug Survey have been released, for SA secondary school students. So, are we continuing to see positive trends in SA secondary students alcohol and other drug use? Are more choosing not to use?