Parents to learn of teen drinking issues

A public meeting in Oamaru on Monday night is aimed at enlightening parents about what is happening with teenagers and make them aware of the dangers of binge drinking and associated behaviour.

The meeting, starting in Waitaki Boys High School's auditorium at 7pm, has been organised by the school's community association, in conjunction with the Home and School committees of St Kevins College and Waitaki Girls High School.

Waitaki community safety officer Alison Banks said binge drinking among teenagers was a widespread problem and the North Otago community was taking a pro-active approach.

It was hoped there would be a "ripple effect" through to other communities.

Mrs Banks will outline what was going on and why it was happening, particularly where teenagers were getting their alcohol from.

Public health nurses Christine Mabon and Kate Webster will speak about health and hygiene issues and a police officer will speak about what police were dealing with on the streets.

There will also be presentations from St John ambulance officer Gary Story, Sergeant Tony Woodbridge and Waitaki Boys High School guidance counsellor Peter McHugh.

Mr McHugh was concerned about the emotional and psychological effects, in terms of violence and sexual issues.

A panel will then be available to answer questions from parents.


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