News

Through games, students learn dangers of drinking

GROGGY: St Edmund’s student Xavier Vela tries to walk a straight line while wearing beer goggles, assisted by Griffith University’s Timo Dietrich.
GROGGY: St Edmund’s student Xavier Vela tries to walk a straight line while wearing beer goggles, assisted by Griffith University’s Timo Dietrich. Claudia Baxter

A UNIVERSITY program designed to educate school kids about the dangers of drinking has turned its attention to students at St Edmund's College.

Researchers from Griffith University visited 200 of the school's Year 10 students to conduct the Game On: Know Alcohol program.

Research shows young people are 239 times more likely to see an alcohol advertisement than an advert promoting safe drinking.

The students were educated through a series of interactive games aimed at giving the "drunken" experience.

It included the students wearing beer goggles, giving the illusion of having a blood alcohol content nearing 0.200.

St Edmund's is one of 20 Queensland schools taking part in the Griffith University research into changing teenage attitudes towards alcohol.

The project is funded by the $162,810 Linkage Project grant awarded by the Australian Research Council earlier this year.

Griffith University department of marketing researcher Timo Dietrich said teenage attitudes to risky drinking can be changed for the better, using a combination of classroom education and social marketing

"We are not telling young people what to do, but by taking part in the day we believe students will learn from their experience and their behaviour intentions will change for the better," Mr Dietrich said.

"In a world where teenagers are exposed to alcohol-related marketing messages each day, we are offering an alternative message that lets teenagers know they have a choice."

Associate Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele said the aim of the project was to improve teenagers' knowledge of alcohol consumption.

"Our aim is to educate students about the effects of alcohol, give knowledge of standard drinks and provide a range of strategies to minimise alcohol consumption," she said.

Topics:  griffith university st edmund's college



Last-gasp goal saves Ipswich team's Pride

Western Pride goal scorer Dylan Wenzel-Halls.

Substitute stars for draw specialists

Crash debris shut down motorway

Police say vehicle was travelling wrong way

10 jobs you can apply for right now

Job seekers read the job advertisements on large boards at the Ipswich Showgrounds where the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo was held today (140613). Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Plenty on offer from across the region

Local Partners

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Home town support spurs on Ipswich chef

CONTENDER: Judges have praised the work of Ipswich cook Ben Ungermann, who has avoided the dreaded elimination rounds.

Ben gets a little sweeter

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!