The Consumption Of Alcohol Abuse Essay

1131 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 null Page
The consumption of alcohol, abuse of over the counter drugs and use of illicit drugs is a continuing problem amongst teens within Victoria and can have very serious consequences. Even though the prevalence of lifetime and current (use in the past seven days) alcohol use among Victorian secondary students aged 12 to 17 years in 2011 was at the lowest it has been since 1984, there are still alarming factors that need to be further addressed. As 24% of 12- to 15-year-old current drinkers and 51% of 16- to 17-year-old current drinkers had consumed alcohol at levels risking short-term harm in the preceding seven days. The use of illicit drug use overall amongst teens is currently lower then in 1996, showing that current techniques to help combat this issue are being successful and should continue to help reduce the likelihood of teenagers experimenting with illicit drugs, however in 2011, lifetime use of various substances among 12- to 17-year olds are as follows: amphetamine three per cent; ecstasy two per cent; hallucinogens three per cent; opiates one per cent; cocaine one per cent; GHB one per cent; ketamine one per cent. (Victorian Department of Health, 2013, p. 1)

Alcohol and drug use can have a negative impact towards a student’s social, academic, mental and physical health (Teesson, Newton & Barrett, 2012). Rosebud Secondary College therefore holds a great responsibility in helping ensuring their students and staff are safe and well informed on the risks and outcomes of…

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