NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW.


1 hour Webinar recording; Available on demand.


This webinar will be useful for parents, carers, teachers, and anyone else who works with young people in school communities. The use of illegal drugs and alcohol in the teenage years is associated with a greater risk of related problems in adulthood. This webinar presents research examining the consequences of early substance use for adolescent development and wellbeing, highlighting the potential of school-based  prevention programs to significantly reduce the short and long-term harms associated with teenage drug and alcohol use. Various approaches to school-based prevention will be discussed with a focus on evidence-based practice. Attendees will learn how to find and access reliable prevention resources online, and will be introduced to specific prevention programs that are proven to reduce drug related harms and increase wellbeing among young people.


This webinar will lead to:

  1. Improved understanding of the patterns of drug and alcohol use among Australian young people;
  2. Knowledge about prevention approaches that are effective in preventing drug and alcohol harms;
  3. Access to free resources, factsheets, and curriculum based programs proven to reduce alcohol/drug-related harms.

Evidence base

This webinar was developed by Dr Nicola Newton and Dr Lexine Stapinski at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and informed by review of the research evidence on this topic.