Are you worried about someone close to you who seems to be drinking too much?
One way you can help is to talk to them to express your concern.
If you think a conversation would lead to you being unsafe, then it’s best to reach out for support. There are family support and family violence services that may be able to help.
If you can safely have a conversation, here are some tips that might help:
It is important that families have the best information and resources to facilitate honest conversations around alcohol. Despite the many influences on children, parents remain the single strongest influence on their children’s choices.
This is why it is important that parents do not provide alcohol to children and young people.
There are many ways that we can protect children and young people when it comes to alcohol, including controlling access to alcohol, providing education on alcohol and the harms it causes, as well as access to resources in the home and school environment.
Supporting Family Conversations provides resources for parents and schools to facilitate conversations around alcohol. Parents and schools can also access the Positive Choices portal for more information on drugs and alcohol.
Far too many lives are shattered due to family violence and, for far too many families, alcohol makes matters worse. Alcohol use is a contributor to intimate partner violence, increasing both the frequency and severity of that violence.
Everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home. If you, or someone you know is experiencing physical or emotional violence, you can call 1800RESPECT for advice and support or visit www.1800respect.org.au.