Girls schools piloting alcohol programme
A PILOT course about the dangers of binge drinking and aimed at young women will be introduced to students of Wellington Girls College next term.
“‘Y’s Up To Alcohol” aims to create awareness about safety around alcohol and self defence among students and parents.
Also part of the YWCA course are Wellington East Girls and St Catherines College.
Sue Hanrahan, a YWCA board member who is the course director says they have put together activities around self protection, in the context of alcohol.
“Binge drinking is a real issue now,” she says.
The project has a number of funder, including $5000 grant from the Wellington City Council.
Councillor Stephanie Cook says the pilot was funded after the council reviewed its alcohol policy targeting young women.
“We got talking about the dangers of alcohol and the risk young women face if they get [drunk],” says Ms Cook.
Alcohol is one of the topics YWCA strongly advocates on along with violence against women and sexual health, says Ms Hanrahan.
In developing the programme, the YWCA cited research by the Alcohol Advisory Council which shows a binge drinking culture among youth is common and slowly becoming acceptable.
The research says that young people need to be informed and able to make the right choices about consuming alcohol, be able to keep themselves safe, and be supported by the right environment
The programme sessions fit under the headings of know your mates, know you limits, navigate when things go wrong, and set up the environment for a good time.
It also includes a parents and caregivers session.
YWCA also secured funding from a number of others organisations, including $4000 from ACC, $4500 from the TG McCarthy Trust and $5000 from the Nikau Foundation and five other community charities.