What is it about?

Alcohol-related accidents and injuries occur disproportionately within young people – especially when gathering at social events. This study represents a partnership between a faith-based group of volunteers specifically trained to counsel and support young people to reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm.

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Why is it important?

Faith-based organisations are useful in peer supporting young people to party safely and, alongside positive community engagement, may deter unsafe consumption practices – such as pre-loading and binge-drinking.


Young people are responsive to positive interventions and that future pre-planning may become a more natural part of their party routine – resulting in less likelihood of alcohol-related risk. The outcome measure, that young people’s intentions to moderate their drinking as a result of positive encounters, is an important one.

Dr Dean Whitehead
Flinders University

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This page is a summary of: Can positive faith-based encounters influence Australian young people’s drinking behaviours?, Health Education Journal, January 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0017896916688712.
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