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Youth alcohol culture in spotlight

Livin founder Alister Mitchell with Luke Carr and Don Mitchell at the Horsham Greyhound Cup.

Livin founder Alister Mitchell with Luke Carr and Don Mitchell at the Horsham Greyhound Cup.

Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce and Horsham Rural City Council’s Youth CAN Project will host a forum on youth alcohol culture in Horsham later this month.
The ‘It’s OK to say NO’ information night will be at Coughlin Park community centre on March 29 at 6pm.
The free session will focus on the supply of alcohol to teenagers and include a video presentation from young people depicting their view on youth alcohol culture in Horsham.
Former Horsham footballer Alistair Mitchell, who has struggled with alcohol, drug and mental health issues, will be a guest speaker.
Horsham Police and Uniting Wimmera representatives will also make presentations and form part of a question and answer panel.
A light supper will be supplied for attendees.
Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce co-ordinator Sally Pymer said the session would open discussion about teenage drinking.
“Young people are delaying their first drink of alcohol, which is very positive, but according to recent research by Dr Belinda Reeve from Sydney University there are still some alarming figures,” she said.
“Of teenagers aged 12 to 17, 9.1 percent of males and 6.8 percent of females exceed adult guidelines for single occasion drinking.
“The brain continues to develop until around the age of 25, so teenagers can be at increased risk of harms. These include violence, unintentional injuries, depression and negative effects on neurological functioning.
“Alcohol consumption among young people also increases the risk of alcohol dependency later in life and is also associated with a number of health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and liver disease.
“The best advice is to delay drinking for as long as possible.”
People can book tickets online at bit.ly/itsokinfonight.
More information about the Youth CAN Project is available on website www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/programs-and-projects/alcohol-culture-change-initiative.

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