Alcohol is the most abused substance in Australia and alcohol is the drug/substance of choice for our teenagers and young adults (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2008). This project explored the social-environmental influences that act as enabling factors and those that act as preventative factors to binge drinking, in emerging adults aged 18-25 years. A focus group methodology was used to obtain the views of the targeted age group with regard to enablers and barriers to binge drinking. Several themes were uncovered that, in the main, targeted government policy, with the responsibility for change in the drinking culture in Australia. The paper concludes with several recommendations aimed at managing risky drinking behaviour at both the individual level, and that of government, by introducing strategies for wider socio-political consideration.
44th Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference, Darwin, Australia 30 September - 4 October 2009
Proceedings of the 44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference / pp.76-80