For Young People

Information on alcohol and other drugs can be accessed from a range of different sources, many of which are not the most reliable. Research has found that young people are likely to use information obtained from friends, the internet and social media when making decisions in this area.  

Some of the DARTA resources for young people are specifically designed to accompany DARTA student presentations, reinforcing the key messages provided during the sessions. Others are ‘stand-alone’, providing factual, credible and accurate alcohol and other drug information in order to help teens make informed decisions.

As well as a series of fact sheets that provide information on a range of drugs, young people are able to access podcast episodes and blog entries that answer the questions they have in this complex area.

Fact Sheets

These downloadable resources provide information on a wide range of topics, including ‘How to look after a drunk friend’ and ‘Alcohol poisoning’. Specific drugs are also covered such as nitrous oxide (‘nangs’) and amyl nitrite (‘Jungle Juice’).

Schoolies Week: Checklist for Students

This resource provides some basic information for young people travelling to Schoolies’ destinations nationally and overseas. A simple checklist is provided to assist them in their planning before they leave for the event.

‘Real Deal on Drugs’ Podcast

In his podcast for young people, ‘The Real Deal on Drugs’, Paul Dillon answers some of the questions and queries he is asked by students across the country. There are two series, with 10 episodes in each.

‘Real Deal on Drugs’ Blog

This blog provides young people with the opportunity to ask Paul Dillon questions on all things ‘alcohol and other drugs’. Some of the topics covered include hangovers, the ‘Asian Glow’, cannabis edibles and alcohol and hypothermia.

Looking for information or support services on alcohol or drugs?

If you or a friend or family member needs assistance in this area, Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS) are available in every state and territory. Each of these are each staffed by trained professionals who can help with your query and provide confidential advice or refer you to an appropriate service in your area.

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