From the mouths of teenagers

COUNCIL was turned over to the kids yesterday, as Coffs Harbour high school students offered their advice on how to make a seminar on teenage alcohol abuse more relevant to them.

Last year, more than 1700 students from 20 high schools on the Mid North Coast attended the RRISK seminars in Coffs Harbour, a series of talks that aimed to Reduce Risk, Increase Student Knowledge.

How last year's seminar went - and what can be done from a student perspective to make it better - was presented to Coffs Harbour City Council yesterday by eight high school students who were invited to the first RRISK Committee meeting.

North Coast Area Health Service alcohol projects co-ordinator, Reyna Dight, said a key ingredient of the success of RRISK is student involvement in the planning and delivery of the program.

“Drinking to intoxication is often a planned and deliberate behaviour,” Ms Dight said.

“Our role is help young people avoid the possible consequences such as alcohol poisoning, blackouts, sexual assault, violence and crashes.”



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