New DVD Targets Problem of Teen Binge Drinking
The City of Melville will launch a powerful new educational resource aimed at addressing the problem of teen binge drinking on Wednesday, 2 March 2011.
The DVD, called The Gathering, highlights a typical adolescent gathering which spirals out of control due to an over supply of alcohol and the arrival of gatecrashers. The hard hitting themes in the film include sexual assault, violence, glassing and alcoholic poisoning.
The 2008 National Drug Research Institute found that, on average, one in four hospitalisations of 15-25 year olds happen because of alcohol. In addition, four Australians under 25 die due to alcohol-related injuries in an average week.
Mayor Russell Aubrey said the script for The Gathering was written with the input of more than 150 teenagers who described the real and dangerous situations in which they find themselves.
“Teen binge drinking can and does lead to a number of horrifying situations. These can include car accidents, sexual assault, violent attacks, hospitalisation and even death,” he said.
“This DVD resource is designed to engage young people in discussion and raise awareness about the harms associated with binge drinking. The resource depicts drunkenness as undesirable and discourages the secondary supply of alcohol to juveniles by parents, older siblings and friends.”
The Gathering will be accompanied by resource material to assist teachers and facilitators in effectively engaging young people in discussion about strategies for staying safe when socialising.
Several years ago the City identified the need to target young people in alcohol education programs. The script developed for The Gathering was created after discussing typical events occurring at teenage parties.
The script was then workshopped with teenagers to ensure the credibility of the characters, scenario and language. The DVD will be provided to all senior schools in the City of Melville free of charge. Schools and organisations outside of the City of Melville will be able to purchase the DVD resource.
Additional funding for the project was sourced from Lotterywest, Healthway and the Cities of Rockingham and Perth.
The Gathering will premiere to parents of teenagers, health professionals, teachers and young people at Hoyts Cinema Garden City on Wednesday, 2 March 2011 at 4.00pm.
People who would like to attend the premiere are invited to RSVP to 1300 635 845.
Attendees to the premiere will receive a free drink and popcorn. In addition, the first 100 under 18s to RSVP will receive a free Hoyts ticket to a movie of their choice.
Further information is available by calling 1300 635 845 or go to www.melvillecity.com.au/thegathering