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Parents talking to their Kids- Dr Andrew Rochford introduces DrinkWise 5 Point Plan
Description: Dr Andrew Rochford says that although starting a discussion with your teen around alcohol can be a tricky subject many parents don't have a plan and want to know where to find practical advice. DrinkWise Australia have developed a 5 Point Plan that outlines some strategies that parents can use to talk to their kids about drinking and making the right decisions.
"Tip 1" for Parents from Dr Andrew Rochford -DrinkWise 5 Point Plan
Description: Dr Andrew Rochford talks about "Tip 1" as part of the DrinkWise 5 Point Plan for Parents which is to discuss the issues. Before talking to your kids make sure you and your partner have discussed this between yourselves and that you have a "common" approach. When you are talking with your teenagers, Dr Rochford recommends that you keep an open line of communication. Many kids and teenagers think that drinking will help them to fit in and many of them will be offered a drink at a party. Discuss with your kids that not everyone drinks, in fact most kids that are 15 years old have never had a drink. Let your kids know that there are plenty of ways that they can fit in without drinking alcohol
"Tip 2" for Parents from Dr Andrew Rochford - DrinkWise 5 Point Plan
Description: Dr Andrew Rochford discusses the importance of Educating by Example as "Tip 2" of the DrinkWise 5 Point Plan for parents. Research shows that kids observe and absorb much of what we do as parents which means that, even more than Celebrities and Sports Stars, parents are the Number 1 Role Models- especially when it comes to forming their opinions towards drinking. Dr Rochford provides a few tips such as watching your own drinking habits, being mindful of those people who happen to be around and nurturing friends who share the same views, expectations and example you want to set for your kids. He also suggests trying and not making every gathering with friends and family focussed around alcohol. This helps to show your kids that everyone can still have a good time without drinking.
"Tip 3" for Parents from Dr Andrew Rochford - DrinkWise 5 Point Plan
Description: Dr Andrew Rochford shares his thoughts on "Tip 3" of the DrinkWise 5 Point Plan for Parents which is to listen and engage. If you have a partner begin by talking to them and finding out their views on alcohol. Establishing some common ground with each other will help you to be consistent with your message- even if your opinions are slightly different. Engage with your kids as well and remember to take into account their thoughts. Try to involve yourself in their lives as much as possible. Get to know their friends and their friends' parents. This will help you to understand the views and position other parents have, and even if they are not the same as yours, by communicating your views they are more likely to respect them and uphold them when your kids are around. The vast majority of parents don't believe that it is acceptable for kids to drink before they are 18 so don't worry, you're not alone!! Communication is the key- talk to your kids, talk to the parents of their friends and most importantly talk to your partner. In most States in Australia it is against the law to serve a drink to anyone under the age of 18 in your home unless their parents or guardians have given their permission.
"Tip 4" for Parents from Dr Andrew Rochford -DrinkWise 5 Point Plan
Description: Dr Andrew Rochford shares his thoughts on "Tip 4" from the DrinkWise 5 Point Plan which is building a good relationship with your kids. He believes that it is important as a parent to be someone that they can trust- so engage in a conversation with them and show them that you care. Research shows that kids who feel that their parents are caring, concerned and supportive generally start drinking later. Let your kids know that you care about them and that every one of your decisions has their best interests at heart.
"Tip 5" for Parents from Dr Andrew Rochford - DrinkWise 5 Point Plan
Description: Dr Andrew Rochford discusses "Tip 5" of the DrinkWise 5 Point Plan for parents which are making your expectations know. He suggests that it is important that as parents you have rules regarding alcohol and even more important that you make it clear as to what those rules are- both to your kids and other adults, so as to avoid any potential conflicts or misunderstandings. Some suggestions he has includes trying to let your kids be involved in the development of the rules, make time to talk with each other and communicate what your rules are and why they are important to you. He also recommends getting to know your kids' friends and their parents.This will help to bridge the gap that may currently exist between parents and their kids on this very important topic.
Professor Ian Hickie- There is No Evidence to support early drinking
Description: Professor Ian Hickie says that although there is a long held view that introducing your children to alcohol at an early age will encourage them to only drink socially and not abuse alcohol this is not the case. Current scientific research strongly shows that this is not the best way to educate our children and that alcohol can damage the developing teenage brain. The best advice is to avoid introducing the teenage brain to alcohol for as long as possible. Early exposure to alcohol is associated with more alcohol related brain difficulties and an increased likely hood that that person will become dependant on alcohol as an adult.
Professor Ian Hickie talks about Teen Drinking
Description: Professor Ian Hickie talks about the long term effects of alcohol and binge drinking as a teenager- at high levels or for long periods- and the effects this can have on their behavior. Alcohol use as a teen can increase the risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health difficulties as an adult and have long term consequences
Professor Ian Hickie Short-term Consequences
Description: Professor Ian Hickie shares his professional opinion on the short-term consequences of drinking alcohol and the effect it has on our judgment to make good and reasonable decisions. If drinking is continued then further consequences may be encountered. As a teen your brain is still developing and drinking can have a long term impact on the part of the brain which helps you to make reasonable decisions- you may therefore make bad decisions and your chances of getting injured will increase.
Professor Ian Hickie - The Effects of Alcohol on the Teen Brain
Description: Professor Ian Hickie shows a model of a "life size" human brain explaining how from the ages of 12-21 the front part of the brain continues to develop. Alcohol, which is a toxic substance, kills nerve cell connections and if teens are exposed to alcohol during this pivotal time of development the potential for effecting normal development is increased. He suggests that alcohol use in teens is avoided during this time.
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'Under Your Influence' by DrinkWise Australia & The Sports Australia Hall of Fame
Description: In May 2011, DrinkWise Australia launched an initiative called Under Your Influence. In partnership with the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the campaign promotes positive role-modelling by parents when it comes to kids and alcohol. Parents have the opportunity to positively influence their children's attitudes to alcohol in the future by considering their own drinking behaviours and the messages they send their kids. Under Your Influence is about community engagement and leading a cultural change in Australia. This video features DrinkWise Australia Ambassadors from The Sports Australia Hall of Fame: John Bertrand, Kieren Perkins, Rob de Castella, Susie ONeil and Liz Ellis.
Attitudes to Alcohol: Creating Cultural Change in Australia
Description: DrinkWise Ambassadors Mike McKay, Dr Andrew Rochford, Rob de Castella, Liz Ellis and Susie ONeill share their thoughts and concerns about the drinking culture in Australia and attitudes to alcohol, including binge drinking and peer pressure amongst teenagers. For some binge drinking has become routine and many see drinking alcohol to get drunk as not only acceptable, but expected. Alcohol misuse is dangerous and increases a person's risk of injury or harm. Is it possible to change the national drinking culture? Generational change is the key to a healthier future for Australian society. Research shows that parents are their children's' most influential role models.
Shaping Kids Attitudes to Alcohol; Susie O'Neil for DrinkWise Australia
Description: Susie O'Neil discusses her thoughts on the influence parents have on their children and the responsibilities they have as role models to their kids. As a DrinkWise Australia Ambassador and member of The Sports Australia Hall of Fame, former Olympian Susie ONeil is a mum that is concerned about her children's future. Keeping them safe from harm means ensuring that they grow up with self-confidence. The best way to ensure that when kids grow up and become adults they have a healthy attitude to alcohol and make responsible choices that keep them safe and healthy is to be the best role model you can be as a parent.
Parenting and Leadership; Susie O'Neil for DrinkWise Australia
Description: Former swimmer and Olympian Susie O'Neil is now a full-time mum that faces a different set of challenges to the challenges she faced as a successful sportsperson. Susie discusses these challenges and what it means to be a parent. Central to parenting is the role that parents play as leaders to their kids. Kids are like sponges - they absorb what their parents do or say and repeat or mimic it later - so it's important that parents are aware of the influence their own behavior has, especially when it comes to alcohol. Susie remembers how alcohol was associated with meals growing up, as well as parties and celebration. She recalls the photos of her parents with drinks in their hands and the impact of this association on her own drinking behavior when she finally became an adult and began to drink herself. The best way to protect your kids from the dangers associated with alcohol misuse is to be a strong role model and ensure they have the confidence and self-esteem to make healthy, responsible choices when the time comes around.
Teenage Drinking; Sue Stanley for DrinkWise Australia
Description: Aerobics champion Sue Stanley shares her thoughts on teenage drinking and the risks of drinking alcohol while the brain and body are still developing. The key to shaping healthy attitudes to alcohol and ensuring teenagers make responsible decisions when it comes to alcohol is communication and education. It's important to ensure that teenagers don't jeapordise their opportunities by making risking decision and misusing alcohol. Research shows that delaying a teenager's introduction to alcohol is an important step in reducing the risk of alcohol induced injury and giving the teenage brain its best chance of developing to its full potential.
Kids and Alcohol; Sue Stanley for DrinkWise Australia
Description: DrinkWise Ambassador Sue Stanley discusses her experience growing up and how she has carried those lessons forward as a parent. Children learn through observation and a parent's behaviour patterns are an important demonstration of how their kids are expected to behave, especially. When it comes to kids and alcohol parents must lead by example. The Australian drinking culture, such as alcohol at community sport, at the family dinner table and as a central focus at parties and celebrations, is sending an important message to kids. Alcohol plays a significant role in Australian society, but it should be ok for people to choose not to drink. Communicate with your kids and demonstrate that it's ok to choose not to drink, that you can stand up to peer pressure and stand by your decisions. Teenage drinking and binge drinking has become as much a part of Australia's drinking culture as a beer at the footy. Protecting your kids and keeping them safe from harm means delaying their introduction to alcohol and creating a cultural shift towards more responsible drinking.
What is Leadership? DrinkWise Australia
Description: DrinkWise Australia Ambassadors discuss their definition of leadership and share who they are as leaders and role models, and who they looked up to growing up. The basis of leadership is communication and leading by example. Everyone has leaders and role models in their lives, whether it's their sports coaches, grandparents, parents or teachers. Role models and mentors shape our behaviours and attitudes.
Parents and Alcohol; DrinkWise Australia and The Sports Australia Hall of Fame
Description: The role that alcohol plays in the family home and at family functions or community events sends an important message to Australian kids. Ambassadors for DrinkWise Australia and The Sports Australia Hall of Fame discuss the influence their parents and other adult family members had on their attitudes to alcohol. Research shows that parents are their kid's most influential role models, especially when it comes to alcohol. By drinking responsibly and making healthy, informed decisions when it comes to alcohol, parents will send the message to their kids that alcohol has a time and place and that drinking to excess is not acceptable and even dangerous to your health.
Parents as Role Models; Liz Ellis for DrinkWise Australia
Description: Netball champion Liz Ellis talks about what it means to be a role role model. Kids biggest role models are their parents and the best way to ensure your kids are safe is to build a strong relationship with them where they know they can talk to you. Communication is the key to being a good role model. Parents can protect their kids by talking to them about the dangers of teenage drinking and binge drinking, knowing who their friends are and having their trust and respect.
Alcohol and Family Values; Kieren Perkins for DrinkWise Australia
Description: Kieren Perkins, DrinkWise Australia Ambassador, former Olympian and representative of The Sports Australia Hall of Fame talks about his experience and values as a parent. Kieren first became aware of the need to monitor his young daughters friends and environments when at age eight she was exposed to age inappropriate M15+ movies on a sleep over at a friends house. This made Kieren realise that different parents have different values. As with his movie example, it is the same for alcohol, where some parents believe it is ok to supply their teenage children with alcohol. Research shows that alcohol can damage the developing teenage brain and that delaying the introduction of alcohol is the best choice for your kids. Ensuring they have a healthy attitude to alcohol means considering your own drinking behaviour and yourself as a role model to your kids.
Kieren Perkins shares his thoughts on Responsible Drinking for DrinkWise Australia
Description: Former Olympic athlete and DrinkWise Ambassador, Kieren Perkins shares his thoughts on responsible drinking of alcohol. As a parent, Kieran is aware that what you tell your children has a far less impact on what they see you do. Parents do become the major role model for their kids- "the influence and the influence and decisions your parents made, help to set the attitudes your children will learn." Kieren believes that "Leadership is what you do and not what you say", and that people draw knowledge and experience from your actions. Kieran shares that although he does drink alcohol, and sometimes infront of his children, he does not drink in excess or to "get drunk". The thought of losing control is a key factor in his decision to drink responsibly- it is important to him to be able to make a personal decision to "stay in control" and protect himself. When he was younger a family friend used to drink to excess and he saw first- hand the effects that over consumption can have in a social situation. Kieren knows that in the future a discussion between himself, his children and the parents of their friend's in regards to attitudes towards drinking alcohol will need to take place. Through his daughter, who is currently a teenager, Kieren first became aware of the need to monitor his young daughters friends and environments when at age eight she was exposed to age inappropriate M15+ movies on a sleep over at a friend's house. This made Kieren realise that different parents have different values. As with his movie example, it is the same for alcohol, where some parents believe it is ok to supply their teenage children with alcohol. He agrees that alcohol is a part of acceptable society but managing, controlling it ,being responsible, educating and providing an open and honest relationship with teens is the key for learning the right way to behave and act. Research shows that alcohol can damage the developing teenage brain and that delaying the introduction of alcohol is the best choice for your kids. Ensuring they have a healthy attitude to alcohol means considering your own drinking behaviour and yourself as a role model to your kids.
John Bertrand - The Importance of changing Attitudes towards Teens and Alcohol
Description: DrinkWise Ambassador, John Bertrand shares his thoughts on how government can change cultures and attitudes- its the people and role models in the community that can make a difference." If we believe that youth is going in the wrong direction to some degree" then responsibility comes back to the parents in many ways. Bertrand sees this as an exciting opportunity for parents to become more responsible in this space as they become aware of the current research that alcohol can damage the developing teenage brain.
John Bertrand - Positive Influences from Parents and Role Models
Description: John Bertrand, DrinkWise Ambassador, Chairman of The Australian Hall of Fame and Australian skipper of the winning America's Cup Yacht shares a very personal story about his father. Although he died from lung cancer when he was only 15, John fondly remembers what an important role model his father was to him. He discusses the importance as a parent to "lead by example", to keep the lines of communication as open as possible and to encourage a sense of honesty, respect and understanding. Teens learn from the actions and attitudes of their parents, their examples and influence as to the effects alcohol can have. Bertrand strongly believes that it's not the governments that can change attitudes but parents and role models within our community. Attitudes can be positively changed by parents taking responsibility to share current research that that alcohol can damage the developing teenage brain.
Introducing Kids to Alcohol - The Importance of Communicating
Description: Sporting representatives Rob de Castella, Liz Ellis, Sue Stanley, Mike McKay and John Bertrand all agree on the importance of parents COMMUNICATING with their kids about the effects of alcohol and the importance of drinking responsibly. Dr Andrew Rochford believes that teens will undoubtedly be exposed to alcohol at some point- it's a part of life, but by introducing, explaining and discussing alcohol in a respectful and honest way with your kids the lines of communication will be open. "Teens learn by example", says health expert Sue Stanley and they watch our attitudes to alcohol. Parents need to be educated as this will assist with communicating a positive and realistic message for teens- there are many resources available www.drinkwise.org.au that can assist with opening up the lines of communication as well as helping to form healthy attitudes and beliefs. Once teens turn 18 many of their attitudes and engagement towards alcohol have already been formed so it is important that parents begin the conversation with their kids as early as possible to "instill in them good values and good behaviors with regard to their alcohol consumption" says Robert De Castella.
DrinkWise Australia- Is the European Model Safe?
Description: Marathon legend and Sport Hall of Fame Ambassador for DrinkWise, Rob de Castella shares his personal story of growing up in a "European" style family environment where up until the age of 16 it was common for him to have half a glass of wine and water with his meal during family dinner time. However from this also came the lesson of drinking responsibly as the one glass was to last throughout dinner and enjoyed with the meal. Nowadays though, research shows that this is not the best way to educate our children as current research strongly shows that alcohol can damage the developing teenage brain.
Dr Andrew Rochford Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol DrinkWise Australia
Description: Dr Andrew Rochford shares his thoughts and tips on how to talk about alcohol with kids. On a personal level he has already begun this conversation with his young son, Archie- sharing his attitudes towards alcohol, why he enjoys it, why it isn't appropriate for him. For Dr Rochford this will be an ongoing and developing conversation between him and his son. He understands that outside influences, together with his son's own opinion, may challenge his own belief system however by setting up this open communication early on Dr Rochford hopes that his son will feel comfortable and secure enough to discuss any issues with him in the future.
Aussie Heroes and Role Models
Description: Drink Wise Ambassadors Dr Andrew Rochford, John Bertrand, Rob De Castella, Kieren Perkins, Liz Ellis, Sue Stanley, Mike MacKay and Susie O'Neill share their personal success stories and the influence these moments have had on them. They reflect on the importance of role models- parents and coaches, and the positive influence their attitudes have played. Teens learn from the actions and attitudes of their parents, their examples and beliefs and this is also evident in their attitude towards responsible alcohol habits.
Andrew Rochford Kids and Alcohol DrinkWise Australia