Young people talk about negative impacts of alcohol
A report prepared by the Youth Action & Policy Association for NSW Health
in response to the draft NSW Youth Alcohol Action Plan.
The Youth Action & Policy Association is the peak organisation working in the interests of
young people and youth services in NSW. YAPA is a member of the Youth Alcohol Action
Plan Advisory Committee.
During September 2006 YAPA was engaged by NSW Health to conduct consultations with
young people from across NSW to gain feedback and input into the draft NSW Youth Alcohol
This report sets out the main findings of these consultations.
In total 11 focus groups were held with 103 young people in the following locations
• Dubbo x 2
• Moree x 2
Young people who were consulted ranged in age from 12 to 25 years of age and
represented a broad range of young people. The consultations included Aboriginal young
people and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Young people who were consulted had involvement with organisations such as youth
councils, sporting programs, youth refuges, youth homelessness programs, youth centres
and employment training programs.
Some young people in the focus groups had never consumed alcohol, others consumed
alcohol at a moderate level while others identified themselves as heavy drinkers. The
consultations focused on questions such as “How does alcohol impact on you, your friends,
your family and your community?” & “What can be done to keep young people safe?”
The consultations used small and large groups and cultural action techniques (art an