Youth and Alcohol - A community approach

This program looks at how alcohol affects youth very differently to adults physically, emotionally and socially and how adults play a significant role in youth drinking...
Target Audience
Staff teaching alcohol & other drug education. PE staff interested in the cultural and physical effects on an athletes body. School mgt interested in combating drinking cultures within their schools & local community
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This information outlines the issues associated with youth alcohol use, the unseen problems and how it is a community responsibility. This information looks at how the school and wider community can combat the problem and how youth and adults perceive the roles and issues of alcohol very differently. The information covers the biological impacts on youth brains and how it differs to a fully developed brain and the short and long term consequences. Information also outlines the myths and stereotypes within Australia’s drinking culture and how illicit drugs gain more attention although alcohol causes more accidents and deaths than all licit and illicit drugs combined. The information also looks at how schools can work with parents and the wider community to create either “alcohol free areas” or safer areas by understanding the legal and practical considerations when having alcohol on school premises and/or at school events or functions.


Staff teaching alcohol & other drug education. PE staff interested in the cultural and physical effects on an athletes body. School mgt interested in combating drinking cultures within their schools & local community

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Through this format, participants are able to discuss and discover the varying issues, attitudes, behaviours, interventions and strategies across different school cultures

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face - Individual in Australia (NSW) at this time.


The numbers speak for themselves

1 hour

- Youth Australian drinking statistics, the consequent number of hospitalisations, deaths and accidents a week.
- Why youth drink (the pros and cons),not such a simple answer.
- messages given and visualisation
- Why Youth drinking is such a huge problem
- Contributing factors
- Risk and Protective Factors

Youth and Adult Physiology

2 hours

1.Looking at how the brain develops from birth through to adulthood in all people
2. Looking at the different stages of youth and adolescent brain development and how different ages react differently to alcohol as it affects these specific parts of the brain
3. why youth and adults have different perspectives and concerns about drinking
4. Why significant influential adults need to play a role in youth drinking behaviours
5. how alcohol affects an athletes body after exercise and the consequences
6.This session looks at the myths and discourses associated with alcohol within Australian culture, youth groups and sporting associations particularly male sporting teams
7. Risk and protective factors associated with poor drinking behaviours
8. Alcohol and Sexual behaviour and harassment
- Myths associated with youth and adult drinking culture.

School environments and specific classroom practices

2 hours

- Affective preventive and intervention programs. What does and doesn’t work.
- Working with parents
- Differentiating between initiation, use, abuse and addiction.
Group Activities – Looking at specific scenarios, class activities and/or programs school staff would like to adopt and the corresponding AusVEL/ BOSTES NSW objectives and outcomes.
- practical ways of working as a community to improve youth drinking behaviours including policy and consequences.
Q and A

What To Bring

Any current policies associated with drugs and alcohol used at their schools. Writing tools

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Latest Reviews

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Youth and Alcohol - A community approach
by Chris Douglas on 05/04/2016

Good current statistics. Good, clear delivery.

Youth and Alcohol - A community approach

Fantastic delivery of information. Extremely knowledgeable presenter and very up to date with all information delivered.

Youth and Alcohol - A community approach

Well presented and extremely interactive.

About the team

Natasha Wilmann


Natasha is a Youth Health Education expert and founder of “Youth Health Education”. Natasha utilises a holistic approach examining all areas of health such as physical, emotional, cognitive, social, cultural and spiritual health. Natasha tackles youth health issues by confronting those once, uncomfortable topics, such as sexuality, sexual harassment, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, peer pressure, violence and many more, in a professional, educational and interactive way thereby eradicating community stigma, stereotypes and myths which impact youth health outcomes.

Natasha’s academic background includes exercise physiology, nutrition and sport psychology, Post graduate in Secondary Teaching with a focus on bullying, violence, stress and peer pressure and a Masters in Youth Health Education and Management.

Natasha’s passion and commitment to continued success for positive outcomes is through a whole community approach. Therefore Natasha works with school staff, sporting organisations, parents and students in a positive, holistic way.

Natasha provides a unique perspective having not only the academic background and working with Australian Football League (AFL), Northern League AFL, local councils, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Young Women’s Arthritis Support Group and Volleyball Victoria, but also having many lived experiences as an elite athlete, living with disability and chronic illness and many years of teaching and coaching Victorian sporting teams.

Allison Pegus

Professional Learning Area Consultant

Allison is TTA’s Professional Learning Manager for Onsite Services.

She works as a full time Learning Professional in education and training in Australia and internationally.

Allison designs and conducts school workshops in Student Engagement, Teacher Judgement and Building Collaborative Expertise in Schools.

Or have Allison work with you to create a consultancy especially for your school goal, staff.

As first and foremost an expert teacher and facilitator Allison has maintained her focus on teaching and learning, curriculum design and delivery and teacher quality from multiple perspectives.

Allison’s work with schools is informed also from her leadership and management background:
• Principal of Australian independent primary schools
• Consultant with the Association of Independent Schools NSW,
• Director of Tournament of Minds NSW,
• State President and Chair of Professional Development with the Independent Heads Associations NSW & Tas
• National Executive Member of Australian Primary Principals Association of Australia, APPA, for 6 years.
• School Evaluation Team Leader and Workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate in the Asia-Pacific region.

Allison has a B.Ed. and M.Ed. in Language and Learning and she is a Certified Professional Coach and MBTI Practitioner.

She founded, Learning Professional Consulting in 2012.