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‘Decriminalising Drugs Will Save Our Kids’

OPINION No parent likes the idea of their kids using drugs. Drugs sit at the top of the list of experiences that we pray our kids will NEVER do, like dropping out of school or getting a tattoo. That’s why, when I saw the thin blue line that indicated my son’s impending arrival, I didn’t [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:05:31+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Teen Drinkers More Likely to Battle Alcohol Abuse in Adulthood

When it comes to underage drinking, how often a teenager drinks rather than how much they drink has been found to be a bigger indicator of problems later in life. According to a new study, teens who drink at least weekly before the age 17 are up to three times more likely to binge, drink-drive, [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:05:31+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow

One in seven high school students reported misusing prescription opioids, one of several disturbing results in a nationwide survey of teenagers that revealed a growing sense of fear and despair among youth in the United States. The numbers of teenagers reporting “feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” suicidal thoughts, and days absent from school out of fear of [...]

By |2018-07-02T10:42:34+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Boozy Mum Culture Gone Too Far?

Social media feeds are rife with memes depicting exhausted women guzzling wine in giant glasses, with phrases like, "Technically, you're not drinking alone if your kids are home." They refer to wine as "mummy juice" or to the hour of "wine o'clock" - a time that all mums apparently look forward to as a way [...]

By |2018-04-23T15:26:54+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

5 Ways Parents Can Teach Kids About Consent

An honest chat with children about healthy, consensual sex could not come any sooner. Time and again, society fails to educate young people — particularly young women — about sexual health. What’s more, in the United States, abstinence-only sex education is the rule, not the exception — and studies show it actually hurts kids as they grow into adolescence. [...]

Almost Every Young Person in WA Detention Has a Severe Brain Impairment

Nine out of ten people in Western Australian youth detention are severely impaired in at least one area of brain function such as memory, language, attention, and executive function (planning and understanding consequences). Such deficits would strongly impact on their ability to conform with legal instructions, and with other aspects of the justice system such [...]

By |2018-02-16T10:52:38+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Melbourne Uni Makes Sexual Consent Course Mandatory

Undergraduate students must now pass an online course about sexual consent if they want to enrol at the prestigious University of Melbourne. In the wake of a damning Australian Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment and assault on campuses, Australian universities are rolling out training to teach students about respectful relationships. As part of [...]

Parents Giving Children Alcohol Too Young, Researchers Say

Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of 14, when their body and brain are not yet fully developed. Many parents may believe they are [...]

Teachers Call For Ban On Energy Drinks

One of Britain’s leading teaching unions is calling for schools to be banned from selling energy drinks to children aged under 16 due to the large amount of caffeine they contain. The National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) is describing the drinks as “readily available legal highs” that can cause headaches and palpitations, [...]

E-cigarette Use Among Youth Leads To Smoking As Adults Finds Study

E-cigarettes and vaping is considered to be a harmless version of the real thing with many manufacturers selling them to the youth. There are candy and a host of other flavoured e-cigarettes that are being sold to the youth. A new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that use of these among the [...]

By |2017-12-20T12:14:33+00:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments