THERE is no doubt early intervention and prevention is the best approach to positively influencing how young people develop.
That is why members of the City of Mandurah Community Safety Team visited Falcon Primary School to talk to a class of Year 6 students.
The visit was part of a pilot for a Smart Generation program, supported by the Mandurah Local Drug Action team, that aims to educate young people and parents about the harm associated with adolescent alcohol consumption.
The Smart General Strategy has two components – to supply monitoring which checks that liquor outlets are not supplying minors with alcohol and talking to parents and pre-teens through the schools about the importance of delaying alcohol use for as long as possible.
The Mandurah City team is also running a pilot program at North Mandurah Primary School.
Mayor Rhys Williams said he loved the idea that the council was going beyond the rates, roads and rubbish stereotypes and taking ownership of its problems.
* Adolescents who start using alcohol in high school are less likely to complete secondary education.
* Drinking alcohol heavily in adolescence is associated with increased depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
* Drinking alcohol is linked to deterioration of the parts of the brain controlling decision-making, problem solving and emotions.