[ Skip to main content ]

Young people often don’t recognise for themselves when alcohol or drug use becomes a problem – They wait for friends, whānau or family members to tell them. To help families and caregivers prepare for these conversations, we’ve produced a range of information and advisory resources, in collaboration with respected specialists in AOD and youth development. 

Every young person will make a decision about using alcohol and other drugs. Families can give their young people an experience of a positive, calm, and reasoned discussion about alcohol and other drugs before any issues arise. This lets them know that their families can support them later on if they need advice or support. Here are some tips for parents and carers on how to support young people.

Check out some of our resources and guides:

More in this section:

education thumbnail

Students, Drugs & Alcohol

Read More
education thumbnail

How Schools & Professionals Can Help

Read More

Related See more

MoS july 2019 thumbnail drug checking

To test or not to test? That was the question …

Otago University Students Association chief executive Debbie Downs tells how she came around to the idea of introducing checking of recreati...

A week of firsts: Drug checking at O-Week

University O-week is about helping new students to find their feet before study begins. This year, OUSA offered free drug checking.

mos march 2018 getting animated thumbnail

Getting animated about drug tests

Drug testing is common practice in some industries and widely accepted as necessary, so advising people against it can seem counter-intuitiv...

mos march 2018 mixed messages thumbnail

Mixed messages: Finding a way through the drugs minefield

Personal story: Growing up surrounded by both positive and negative aspects of drug and alcohol use.

Back to top