Young People and Alcohol

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Consuming alcohol while participating in aquatic activities is a major risk factor for drowning among young adults. An understanding of young peoples' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours regarding alcohol consumption around water informs the delivery of health promotion activities to address these risks. Royal Life Saving WA has completed several research projects investigating these variables with young people.

Leavers research

Research was undertaken at the WA Leavers Week celebrations in Dunsborough in 2016 and 2017 to assess the knowledge and attitudes of Western Australia school leavers who consumed alcohol around water during their Leavers week while determining the prevalence of the behaviour.

A survey was administered to school leavers to assess the frequency of alcohol consumption, amount of consumption and attitudes towards drinking in and around water at Leavers in Dunsborough WA.

The 2016 findings were published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

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The 2017 findings can be found in the report below. 

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Alcohol and aquatic activities focus groups 

Eight focus groups were conducted with young people aged 18-24 in Perth in 2019. The study explored and mapped young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours regarding alcohol consumption and participation in aquatic activities using the Health Belief Model.

The findings of this research were published in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.

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Bronze Medallion courses are regularly conducted throughout the year. Find a course near you.

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