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Can positive faith-based encounters influence Australian young people’s drinking behaviours?


Hutton, A and Whitehead, D and Ullah, S, Can positive faith-based encounters influence Australian young people's drinking behaviours?, Health Education Journal, 76, (4) pp. 423 -431. ISSN 0017-8969 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0017896916688712


Purpose: Alcohol-related accidents and injuries occur disproportionately within young people – especially when gathering at social events. This study represents a partnership between a faith-based group of volunteers specifically trained to counsel and support young people to reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm, Adelaide City Council, and the South Australian Police Force aimed at reducing risk-related alcohol consumption in a metropolitan nightclub district area. It posits that supporting young people to party safely, alongside positive community engagement, may deter unsafe consumption practices – such as pre-loading and binge-drinking.

Methods: Retrospective online survey evaluated the impact on attitudes of young people who received the intervention.

Results: Findings suggest volunteers were perceived as positive role models who demonstrated a genuine sense of care and ability to support. As a result, one-third of respondents identified potentially more carefully pre-plan their drinking behaviour on their next night out.

Conclusion: This study demonstrates that young people are responsive to positive interventions and that future pre-planning may become a more natural part of their party routine – resulting in less likelihood of alcohol-related risk. The outcome measure, that young people’s intentions to moderate their drinking as a result of positive encounters, is an important one.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:alcohol consumption, Australia, faith-based interventions, risk, young people
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Whitehead, D (Dr Dean Whitehead)
ID Code:139859
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2020-07-09
Last Modified:2020-08-18

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