ACT Policing is supporting Operation Unite this weekend (2-4 December) in delivering key messages about youth drinking and the risks associated with excessive and binge alcohol consumption.
Police across Australia and New Zealand will be using this weekend to re-enforce important messages to the community about the risks associated with alcohol consumption including the long-term health effects, both in adults and youth.
ACT Policing’s Early Intervention Pilot Program (EIPP) focuses on intervention and educating young people before harmful behaviours associated with alcohol become entrenched. The destructive effects of binge drinking, and the associated social and health problems for the community which result from excessive alcohol consumption are key messages from police, delivered in partnership with DIRECTIONS ACT.
Sergeant Sue Smith from EIPP said that parents need to play a part in educating their children about the dangers of drinking; the long-term health risks and to take an interest in what their children are doing when they leave their home to go out.
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“As police officers we really only see the short-term health implications of excessive drinking, and we aren’t often exposed to the illnesses and diseases which arise from this type of behaviour.
“I’m very happy that DIRECTIONS ACT, which provides valuable support to those people in the community affected by alcohol and drug issues, will be assisting us during Operation Unite to deliver this very important health message,” Sergeant Smith said.
Operation Unite will begin Friday, December 2 and end on Sunday morning, December 4.