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Year 9 program

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The Year 9 Alcohol and other drugs education program is designed to help young people understand and safely respond to the culture of drinking in Australia. Students learn and practise these skills as they explore the following topics:

  • responsible drinking
  • drinking culture
  • considering gender norms and stereotypes
  • exploring alcohol advertising and consumer rights
  • analysing advertising messages.

How you can help your children

To support your children as they learn about alcohol and other drugs you may like to:

  • discuss different drinking cultures and their impact on health—for example, discuss the binge drinking behaviour of some young people and the impact it has on their health
  • discuss media and the stereotypes portrayed—for example, how media portrays young people and their use of alcohol and other drugs; is the portrayal fair and accurate?
  • discuss how to respond when your children feel pressured or uncomfortable with a situation—for example, role play a pressure situation when children can practise the following strategies
    • change the topic
    • joke/use humour
    • distract someone
    • reason with someone
    • make up an excuse
    • suggest an alternative
    • explain why you can't
    • ignore an invitation
    • explain you are into fitness
    • explain you don't want to
    • make an excuse to leave
    • give your opinion/assert yourself
  • discuss the ways companies advertise and sell alcohol
  • know your consumer rights (ABAC), talk about them with your children and take positive action to protect your rights.
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Last updated 02 October 2018