The WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition, an alliance of health and community organisations across Western Australia, have identified six priority areas for early action to protect children and young people from the harmful effects of alcohol.
The impacts of alcohol on WA children and young people are far reaching and significant including violence and injuries, drink-driving and road crashes, damage to the developing brain and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, the effects of which last a lifetime.
The WA Coalition is calling on all political parties and candidates to commit to action in the following priority areas to prevent and reduce the harm from alcohol among WA’s children and young people:
- Reduce young people’s exposure to alcohol promotion
- Reduce underage access to alcohol
- Continue support for alcohol education programs
- Ensure fair liquor licensing processes
- Support WA to lead Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention
- Consider measures to ensure that alcohol is not sold at unreasonably low prices
The 2017 WA Election Platform is available to download here.
“Young people deserve to be safe, to reach their full potential and to grow up in a society that supports them to live healthy and happy lives. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we give our kids the best start in life and protect them from what we know is harmful.”
From Co-Chairs of the WA Coalition Professor Fiona Stanley and Professor Mike Daube.
Visit the WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition website here: http://mcaay.org.au/wa-alcohol–youth-action-coalition.aspx
Alcohol is a risk factor implicated in a range of injury areas including violence, road trauma, suicide and self-harm, drowning, burns and scalds and poisoning.
For more information about the impact of injury in Western Australia visit the Knowledge Hub: http://knowinjury.org.au/know/