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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
The Drinking in the Suburbs: the Experiences of Aboriginal Young People research project aims to collect current data on alcohol use and drinking behaviour among young Aboriginal people in suburban Perth, Western Australia.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
The quantifiable outcomes of this research will include:
This project is being conducted by the National Drug Research Institute.
Abstract adapted from the National Drug Research Institute
Dr Mandy Wilson
Ph: (08) 9266 1625
Fax: (08) 9266 1611
This project focused on the experiences of Aboriginal young people with and around alcohol in the south and south-east metropolitan area of Perth. The purpose of the study was to provide a comprehensive picture of this group's experiences in order for services to better target future health promotion for Aboriginal young people. Young people were asked about their: level of alcohol consumption; experience of alcohol-related harms; contexts of drinking; knowledge of health effects; memory of health promotion messages; and ideas for effective health promotion.
Findings indicate that many of the young people are consuming alcohol from an early age and at levels exceeding recommended guidelines for long-term harm. The majority had found themselves in trouble with authority and a third had been in detention, primarily related to alcohol. The young people showed low knowledge of chronic health effects associated with alcohol and little memory of existing health promotion campaigns.
The results of this study highlight the need for a youth-friendly approach to health promotion, specifically designed for, conducted by and in consultation with young Aboriginal people.
Abstract adapted from National Drug Research Institute