Save Our Kids: Partying; Teenage Parties Can Expose Young Children to Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Senseless Violence

The Observer (Gladstone, Australia), April 20, 2011 | Go to article overview

Save Our Kids: Partying; Teenage Parties Can Expose Young Children to Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Senseless Violence


Byline: Bianca Box

Party Safe

Hosting a party

Register your party with police. It doesn't mean they will attend your party. Their aim is not to turn up and ruin your night but to provide assistance if required.

Register at least two weeks in advance.

Registration forms are available from your local police department.

Party violence

Remember that One Punch Can Kill Co it is a shocking reality that simple acts of violence can have tragic consequences.

Assault could steal your future and your actions could result in negative impacts on your family; your employment; overseas travel, the guilt of taking another person's life and could possibly result in a criminal record.

Alcohol at parties

There is no amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for everyone.

It is illegal to drink alcohol, supply alcohol or be in possession of alcohol under the age of 18.

Factors such as gender, age, mental health, drug use, and existing medical conditions can change how alcohol affects you.

Party safety

Discourage advertising the party on the internet, by word of mouth or by SMS text messaging on mobile phones.

It is a criminal offence to have illicit drugs including cannabis.

Look after your friends during the party and stay with people you know and trust.

Useful websites

www.onepunchcankill.qld.gov.au; www.alcohol.gov.au; www.police. qld.gov.au

CHILDREN grow up so rapidly that for many parents it is hard to know where to draw the line when it comes to partying.

For some kids they will be attending their friend's 12th birthday party at the bowling alley or going to a sleepover party and then, in a matter of months, they are asking parents for alcohol and to extend their curfew to attend a friend's backyard party. …

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