How young view alcohol

CLARENCE Valley young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are being urged to take part in a survey about their attitudes and opinions on alcohol use and binge drinking.

The online survey is part of the Federal Government-funded Eyes Wide project, aimed at finding out what young people think about the use of alcohol in general.

Those taking part will be in with a chance to win an iPad.

The results of the 10-minute survey, conducted by Jetty Research on behalf of Clarence Valley Council, will provide important baseline data to help track the progress of the local project.

Those aged between 12 and 14 will require parental or carer permission to take part and will not be asked about their own alcohol use, only their thoughts on alcohol consumption by others.

No parental permission is required for 15- to 18-year-olds.

Clarence Valley Council general manager Scott Greensill said the survey provided an important opportunity to explore the attitudes of young people towards alcohol use and will form a strong base upon which to measure the success of the Eyes Wide project.

"This is an exciting project designed to create engaging opportunities for young people across the whole Valley," he said.

"All data supplied is confidential and only collective results will be reported to council.

"Respondents will go into the draw to win one of two iPads. However the contact information required for entry into the competition will be separated from the responses before being analysed," Mr Greensill said.

To access the survey, go to clarence.nsw.gov.au/eyeswide.

Eyes Wide is a cultural and community development project and is part of a community-level initiative to address binge drinking among youths.

"Eyes Wide will deliver arts and technology workshops, a youth cafe, film and radio projects and other events that promote positive recreational activities and allow young people to lead opinions and debate about excessive alcohol use," Mr Greensill said.



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