Get the Facts on Alcohol
The vast majority of people in our region drink responsibly and sociably. For the minority who misuse alcohol, their behaviour is underpinned by a range of complex socio-cultural influences, primarily parental role modelling and peer group norms.
Culture is like a balloon. Unless you tackle the substance of the issue, you will simply displace it with unpredictable consequences. The real prize in tackling misuse is a whole-of-community effort to champion positive social behaviour, while taking a long hard look at how we transition our young people into adulthood and prepare them to navigate the drinking culture.
We must make a sustained effort to make it socially unacceptable to drink to the point of drunkenness and to behave in an anti-social manner, while providing people with the skills and knowledge they need to exercise personal and parental responsibility.