Tales from (just outside) the moshpit

As the summer music festival scene gets underway around Australia, guest blogger Louise Griffiths recalls her Big Day Out as a teenager. In January 2001, I had just turned 17 and was going to the Big Day Out – the first time I had been to an outdoor music concert. I had my favourite yellow.. Read more

11 tips for a successful teen party

In an earlier guest post, Margie* shared her story of a teenage party that went horribly wrong, and ended with scores of gatecrashers, paddy wagons on the front lawn, and damage to property. In this post, Margie shares some tips learnt from that experience and how she went on to hold a successful 17th birthday.. Read more

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How NOT to host a teenage party

Margie* is a sensible, responsible mum of two teenagers. In this article, she shares her experience of hosting a teenage party that quickly went out of control, an experience she refers to as her ‘epic fail’. From the posting of details on Facebook through to trashed neighbours’ yards and the arrival of the police, this is.. Read more

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Girls with family history of breast disease should avoid alcohol

We already know that research has linked alcohol with breast cancer risk. Now, a new study shows that adolescent girls with a family history of breast disease have a higher risk of developing benign breast disease as young women than other girls, and that this already-elevated risk rises with increasing alcohol consumption. “The most common.. Read more

The link between alcohol and pop music

Teenagers are being heavily exposed to alcohol brand references in popular music, especially in rap, R&B and hip hop songs. With most references associating with positive consequences, researchers say this may constitute a form of alcohol advertising to underage teens. A study of 793 of the most popular songs in the youth market between 2005.. Read more

Don’t be your teenager’s ‘drinking buddy’, says study

Parents who allow their teenagers to drink alcohol while supervised may be creating more drinking-related consequences for their teens down the track. This was the finding from a recent study of Australian and American teenagers, surveyed over three years from Year 7 to Year 9. The study also challenged the theory that teens will learn.. Read more

Why teens use drugs, how to talk to them about it

“All my friends were doing it so I thought, why not?” Have you heard that one yet? Here are some of the reasons young people give for using drugs, and some ideas about how you can respond to them in a constructive way. If you think your kid might be lukewarm about sitting down and.. Read more

Social environments influence teen drinking

Characteristics present in the four social environments in which young people live—families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods—contribute both positively and negatively to whether teens misuse alcohol, with risk from one area possibly being magnified or decreased by attributes of another. That’s the finding of a longitudinal study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina.. Read more

Teen girls more vulnerable to negative effects of binge drinking

A study examining gender-specific influences of binge drinking on spatial working memory (SWM) has found that female teens may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of heavy alcohol use. Binge or ‘heavy episodic’ drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol’s effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use.. Read more

10 tips for talking to your teenager about drugs

Talking to teenagers about drugs can be very daunting for parents. The Australian Federal Government’s National Drugs Campaign recommends you start talking to your teenagers about drugs early, and be willing to talk to them about the issue at any time. If you don’t think you know enough about the topic, the National Drugs Campaign.. Read more