Abstinence push

Parents urged to join anti-teen drinking fight

PARENTS of teenagers in the Myrtleford district are being asked to work as one in a bid to eliminate the effects of underage drinking in our community.

With government research showing that 40 per cent of 12 to 17 year olds have tried a full serve of alcohol, health officials are urging parents to follow a no-alcohol rule when it comes to their children.

The National Drug Strategy figures also show that one in seven teenagers has tried cannabis or abused inhalants.

While some parents believe that a controlled environment at home is the best method to teach teenagers safe consumption of alcohol, a local community group is suggesting that abstinence is the best way to avoid short and long-term health implications.

Communities That Care Myrtleford (CTCM) is leading the push and will open the subject to public debate at a forum next month.

CTCM project coordinator Lisa Neville said the movement was part of a larger community action plan to deal with alcohol and alcohol-related violence.

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