Alcohol - Young People Join the Debate

19 March 2013

Underage drinking, binge drinking – young people say they are labelled as the main problem when it comes to alcohol consumption. But is this really the case?

Young Wellingtonians will get their chance to join the debate on the role of alcohol in the city at a youth workshop being held this Saturday, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, at Te Papa.

Organised and run by the Youth Council and Link (the Boys’ and Girls’ Institute’s leadership group), the workshop is an opportunity for young people under 25 to contribute to the city’s alcohol management strategy.

Youth Council Chair Jack Marshall says it is passing the buck to blame young people. “Alcohol causes huge problems in society as a whole and young people are unfairly branded as culprits.”

The workshop aims to develop an accurate youth perspective on good and bad drinking in Wellington. Merinda Jackson from Link says it’s also a chance for young people to have a collective voice on this issue and make their opinions heard in local decision-making.

Also this week, residents in the Southern Ward will get their turn to join a community workshop on alcohol in their area: 7pm -9pm, Thursday 21 March, St Anne’s Parish Hall, Daniell Street, Newtown.

The Onslow-Western Ward workshop will be on at the same time next Tuesday 26 March, Cardinal McKeefry School Hall, Ablemarle Road, Wilton.

To register for any of these workshops, see:

Public Input - Alcohol Management Strategy