Bingo Drinking In Australia Essay

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Binge drinking is defined as “consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single session with the intention of getting drunk” (Youth Central, 2014). This usually means five or more standard drinks for men and four or more drinks for women. Standard drink in Australia is defined as containing 10 grams of pure alcohol, and for example one can of mid-strength beer, a 100ml glass of wine or a 30ml shot of spirits is one standard drink (National Health and Medical Research Council, 2015). Many young people do not understand the dangers of alcohol, and according to the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, more than 20% of 14-19 year olds drink alcohol on a weekly basis. Research has shown that alcohol affects teenagers ' developing brain …show more content…
A campaign specific to Northern Territory is the Party Safe campaign created by TIO. It aims to “raise awareness and education about the dangers associated with drink driving” and attends many events around the Territory providing for example free alcohol breath testing and information about the effects of alcohol (Tiofi.com.au, 2016). In 2008, the Australian Government announced the “National Binge Drinking Campaign” which targeted teenagers and young adults aged 15-25. Some states in Australia have introduced a “lockout law” which state a time when the last drinks are served. For example, in the whole of Sydney 's CBD, bars are not allowed to take in new people after 1:30am and the last drinks are served at 3:00am. This is done primarily to reduce alcohol related violence to make the city safer (Nsw.gov.au, 2014). One of the key things in reducing young people 's binge drinking is how they have been educated. Parents ' example and attitudes towards drinking play a big role in their children’s behaviour. Parents should educate their children about alcohol early enough, and set rules and perhaps reduce their own drinking in the presence of their children to set a good example. Alcohol education at school could also be done to inform teenagers about the effects of

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