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Did You Know has everything (but not too much) a Kiwi teenager needs to know about alcohol and other common drugs in New Zealand.
If you're an adult, you'll find tools to give you confidence starting difficult but essential conversations about drugs with a young person.
Did you know that teenage bodies handle alcohol differently to adults? Once a teenager starts slurring and swaying, they're already at a serious stage of drunkenness and should be monitored closely. Did you know that supervised drinking may encourage some young people to drink more than in unsupervised or less safe situations? What do they see as normal behaviour around alcohol?
Did you know that cannabis affects developing brains more than adult brains? During a person’s teenage years, their brain is developing and moulding, therefore, it is best to avoid using a lot of cannabis or using it regularly for a long time. A lot of cannabis use as a teenager can increase problems from anxiety and it can also affect their memory and attention.
While cannabis is the most common illegal drug tried, it is uncommon for teenagers to use it regularly.
Did you know, methamphetamine use is very uncommon in New Zealand, especially among young people? However, raising it in a conversation can help your young person know that it is ok to talk to you about it should they come into contact with it or know someone who might be using it.
Did you know that these toxic chemicals are commonly found in New Zealand households? Using them to feel out of it is very uncommon and very dangerous. They are designed to be used as poisons, fuel, or cleaning products.
Any use of these substances has the risk of sudden death and they should always be avoided.
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