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Reducing adolescent alcohol use

Goal 2: To decrease lifetime use of alcohol as measured by Year 9 students reporting on the CTC youth survey from 55.8% in 2015 to 41.85% by 2019.

Smart Generation (social marketing program)

Schools
  • Bright P-12 College
  • Myrtleford P-12 College
  • Marian College
  • Mt. Beauty Secondary College
Target Group
  • Year 8 & Year 9 students
  • Parents of Year 8 & 9 students
Implementation

Year 8 program

  • Teacher training—September 2017 (4 schools)
  • 2017—4 secondary schools
  • 2018—3 secondary schools

Year 9 program

  • Teacher training, Yr9 student leader training—September 2017 Program (4 schools)
  • 2017—4 secondary schools
  • 2018—3 secondary schools

Results

  • Reductions in alcohol and tobacco use between 2009 and 2015 have been maintained for Year 5 and Year 9 students and remains unchanged for Year 6 students.
  • Binge drinking is tending to decrease over the long‐term for Year 5, 7 and 9 students

 

Goal 3: To reduce adolescent alcohol intake in the last 30 days for Year 7 students in 2015 from 15.7% to 10.2% in 2018 and for Year 9 students in 2015 from 36.4% to 27.3% by 2019.

 

Smart Generation (supply monitoring)

Target Group
  • Packaged alcohol outlets (6 outlets across Alpine Shire)
Implementation
  • Team leader training—September 2017
  • 1st round June 2018— 3 out 6 outlets non-compliance for ID check
  • 2nd round November 2018— 4 out 6 outlets non-compliance for ID check
  • 3rd round August 2019— 5 out 6 outlets non-compliance for ID check
  • 4th round December 2019—5 out 6 outlets non-compliance for ID check
  • Confederate (auditor) training—November 18 & August 19

Local Alcohol By Laws

Target Group
  • Alpine Shire Council
Implementation
  • Letter to council April 2018
  • Meeting with council October 2018
  • Drafted new by-laws—public consultation November 2018—21 December 2018
  • CTCA, Alpine Health, NELLEN provided written public submissions
  • CTCA presented to council  27 February 2019
  • New law gazetted 2 April 2019

Results

  • There has been a long-term decline in past-month alcohol use for students in Year 9. For students in Years 5 and 7 there was a decline in past-month alcohol consumption from 2009 to 2015, however this appears to be increasing from 2015 to 2019.

For more information

Lisa Neville  - CTCA Coordinator

►Phone: 03 5755 0132

►Email: lisa.neville@alpinehealth.org.au

 

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