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Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds

Edited by Dr Ramesh Manocha & Gyongyi Horvath
To read the full chapter go to Volume 1, chapter 10, pp. 150-165.


Paul Dillon

Drug and Alcohol Research Training Australia

Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past twenty-five years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), he has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across Australia to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.


Most people are aware that illicit drug use is not the norm among our teens, but it is also important to acknowledge that growing numbers of young Australians are choosing not to drink alcohol. This chapter examines why young people make such a choice, and will suggest how those around them can best support their decision, with an emphasis on alcohol and being a ‘non-drinker’.

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Rapee, R. M., Wignall, A., Hudson, J. L., & Schniering, C. A. (2000). Treating anxiety in children: An evidence-based approach. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

1. Bailey, V., Baker, A-M., Cave, L., Fildes, J., Perrens, B., Plummer, J. & Wearring, A., Mission Australia’s 2016 Youth Survey Report. Mission Australia, 2016.

2. White, V. & Williams, T.,. Australian secondary school students’ use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014. Cancer Council Victoria, 2016.

3. Herring, R., Bayley, M. & Hurcombe, R., ‘“But no one told me it’s okay to not drink”: A qualitative study of young people who drink little or no alcohol’, Journal of Substance Use 19, 2014, pp. 95–102.

4. Nairn, K., Higgins, J., Thompson, B., Anderson, M. & Fu, N., ‘“It’s Just Like the Teenage Stereotype, You Go Out and Drink and Stuff”: Hearing from Young People who Don’t Drink’, Journal of Youth Studies 9, 2006, pp. 287–304.

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