Ask an Expert: How do I stop buying my teen alcohol, without losing his trust and respect?

I have a 15-year-old (almost 16) who has a fascination with alcohol. He seems to feel that he cannot have fun on the weekends without it. His friends also regularly drink and some smoke pot. He drinks bourbon (the drink of choice by his father) and refuses to drink any lower strength alcohol. I made the.. Read more

Ask an Expert: What sort of conversations do we need to be having with our daughters on issues like alcohol and sex?

In light of the controversy in the media recently regarding warning teenage girls about drinking and sexual assault, what sort of conversations do we need to be having with our daughters on issues like alcohol and sex? Very timely question! I was asked to discuss this very issue on ABC radio recently. You may listen.. Read more

Ask an Expert – What can my teen say when she is offered drugs or alcohol?

My 15-year-old daughter has started socialising with teens who are drinking and smoking weed. She admits to sipping on beer at parties and says she’s feeling the pressure to smoke just to fit in. I want to know what she can say when offered drugs and alcohol. She says when she says no, she feels very.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Are teens addicted to gaming more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs?

Are teenagers who become addicted to gaming more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs? This is a difficult question to answer as research on the impacts of gaming is in its infancy and few conclusions about how ‘addictive’ gaming actually is have been drawn. The range of different games available for people to.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Is synthetic marijuana really bad for you?

If synthetic marijuana is bad for you, how come I can buy it at the tobacconist?  So called ‘synthetic cannabis’ (or ‘synthetic marijuana’) has been available for some time now and started to hit the headlines a couple of years ago. It was produced by companies who saw that there was a market for a.. Read more

Ask an Expert – How can I keep my daughter safe at schoolies week?

My daughter is going to Schoolies Week. I’m really worried about excess drinking, drugs and unsafe sex. How can I help her keep safe and how do I even talk to her about all of this !!!! If your daughter is going to schoolies week look at it as an opportunity – most probably the.. Read more

What to ask parents who are hosting a party

Navigating the world of teenagers and parties is one of the more difficult tasks parents face. You may have different expectations and family rules to other parents, and what your teenager wants to do may be quite different to what you are comfortable with. Drug and alcohol educator Paul Dillon says all parents will face.. Read more

Talking to teenagers about drugs and alcohol – ‘The Other Talk’

The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has launched a new website to help parents have ‘The Other Talk’ with their children about alcohol and other drugs. The website, www.theothertalk.org.au, provides tips on how to talk to teenagers about drugs and alcohol and information to help arm parents with facts. “Drugs are often still a taboo subject.. Read more

Pot-smoking teenagers risk IQ loss

Delay delay delay. That’s the general catchcry of health specialists when commenting on teenagers’ engaging in risky behaviour involving alcohol, drugs and sex. And now there is even further evidence why smoking marijuana during adolescence is a bad idea. A new long-range study of 1,000 New Zealanders found that participants who started using cannabis in.. Read more

Spirits and young people

By Paul Dillon, drug educator and author. One young Australian aged between 14 and 17 years old dies every weekend due to alcohol. That figure astounds me each time I say it to a group of students but it truly is beginning to surprise me that we don’t see far more deaths than that due.. Read more