Gary Lawrence, Sgt Cameron Slater, Darren Pettiford, Denise Dixon, Krysten Henning and Sussan Trim have jumped aboard the Think the Drink program to educate students on alcohol ahead of Schoolies Week.
Gary Lawrence, Sgt Cameron Slater, Darren Pettiford, Denise Dixon, Krysten Henning and Sussan Trim have jumped aboard the Think the Drink program to educate students on alcohol ahead of Schoolies Week. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Parents urged to uphold booze ban

PARENTS tempted to stock their child's esky with alcohol before they head off to Schoolies Week are being urged to reconsider and are reminded they risk being slapped with hefty fines.

School based health nurse Denise Dixon said parents should avoid the temptation to succumb to their child's pleas for them to buy alcohol.

She said school programs educated students on the consequences for underage drinking, not only for teens, but also their parents.

"Parents are at risk of being sued huge amounts of money - into the millions - as a result of allowing underage drinking or parties that turn bad," she said.

Mrs Dixon said teenagers who start drinking at an earlier age are at a higher risk of developing a problem with alcohol later in life.

She said parents should deter their children from drinking for as long as possible.

"Alcohol is a toxin - it always has been and always will be," Mrs Dixon said.

Warwick High School students will tour a number of local licensed premises today as part of the school's Think the Drink program to educate them on the dangers of alcohol and to promote responsible drinking.

Parents are required to provide adequate supervision to their children when supplying them with alcohol.

Failure to do so carries the risk of fines that can reach up to $8000.

Daily News readers took to our Facebook page yesterday to share their thoughts on whether parents should supply their children with alcohol for Schoolies.

Heather R Hibbitt said, "teenagers should be guided by parents in a positive, good way, not sent out with fuel to fuddle their brains.

"Providing them with alcohol for parties is sending them the wrong message." Jenn Greene-Galloway said it was not right to encourage underage drinking in any way.

"Then the parents have the hide to complain about their (sic) continued alcohol consumption & bailing them out of jail....they got what they asked for".

 


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