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Did you know that having a conversation with young people about alcohol and other drugs is helpful. These short videos and tools make it easier.
The facts in this 'Did You Know?' series were chosen specifically to help start conversations with young people in New Zealand about alcohol and other drugs. After watching the videos, use the conversation planner to plan how you will talk with a young person.
Did you know that teenage bodies handle alcohol differently from adult bodies? They are less sensitive to the physical indicators of being drunk, such as slurring words and swaying. At this point a young person is in the later stages of drunkenness and should be monitored closely. They may need medical help.
For some young people, drinking under supervision can build false confidence, meaning they drink more than they otherwise would in unsupervised and less safe situations. Have a think about the world through their eyes. What do you think they might 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.
Alongside the Did you know? videos we have produced posters. There posters for alcohol, cannabis, methamphetamine, volatile substances and there's one that provides an overview. Posters are available in English, Te Reo Māori and Chinese.