Keeping yourself safe (continued from here)
You can do this by staying away from alcohol yourself.
Don’t get sucked in to trying something which may harm you.
Learn how to say ‘no’ by:
- being assertive and saying ‘no – I don’t drink alcohol’.
- thinking of reasons like “I don’t like the taste, or “I’ve got to go home/out/shopping now.”
- asking for a soft drink or saying that you are not thirsty
- suggesting that you do something else like watch a movie, or go for a bike ride
- calling a parent or carer to come and get you, or going home if you live nearby
- nevergetting into a car with a driver who has been drinking.
It is important that you keep yourself safe from the effects of grown-ups’ drinking.
Get away from someone who has drunk too much.
Stay close to an adult who you trust if there is alcohol around.
Get help if you feel in danger from someone who has drunk too much at home.
Did you know?
- Alcohol is the second biggest cause of death from a drug in Australia?
[Q. Can you guess what drug causes the most deaths?]
(the answer is at the end of this topic)
- Even people who have never had any alcohol can still die from its effects. I wonder if you can guess how that can happen.
- Alcohol can cause damage to the brain, liver and stomach.
- People can become alcohol-dependent because it is addictive.
- Many car accidents involving young drivers are caused by alcohol and unfortunately many of the drivers and their passengers end up disabled or dead.
- People can die from alcohol poisoning when they drink too much alcohol.
Dr Kim says:
“If someone close to you is drinking too much alcohol and making you feel unsafe, then talk to one of your trusted adults about it. Remember that your trusted adults may include mum, dad, grandparents, friends of the family, your teacher or student counsellor. You have the right to feel safe at all times. Help to keep yourself safe by saying no to alcohol yourself and telling people how you feel when others are behaving in a frightening way because of alcohol use.”
If you want to read more have a look at the Teen Health topic Alcohol and young people.
Alcohol’s not really cool,
It can make you look a fool.
Alcohol can change your life,
Breaking up a man and wife.
Children hurt or even homeless,
Alcohol can make life hopeless.
When you grow up
You can choose
To stay drug-free
And away from ‘booze’.
(Answer: If you guessed that TOBACCO causes the most deaths then you would be right.)
We’ve provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.