It is great that you want to take action to protect your family / whānau. Here's some tips to start your journey.
Take a look around your home
- How visible is alcohol?
- How accessible is alcohol?
Consider your family, friends and regular visitors to your place including children, young people, anyone who is pregnant or wishing to become pregnant, anyone who is experiencing or has experienced alcohol-related conditions.
Consider how you could reduce visibility and accessibility of alcohol such as storing alcohol in cupboards, higher locations, etc.
If you are comfortable doing so, you can discuss these issues with members of your family/whānau and other groups you are associated with, and assist them in making their homes safer.
You could talk with your family/whānau about making your home an alcohol-free zone.
Consider how often and how much alcohol is consumed in your home. Consider ways to reduce these - here are some options:
- Increase the number of alcohol-free days
- Introduce or increase the number of alcohol-free celebrations
- Change to lower strength products
- Always provide alcohol-free options when offering drinks - try offering these first.
When planning for any gatherings of family/whānau and friends make host responsibility a priority. Please click here for planning an event.
Encourage young people to develop their own alcohol-free event. Visit https://zeal.nz/goodvibes
If you are concerned about the alcohol use of someone in your family/whānau you can assist them to access the help they need. If you are experiencing problems with your own drinking, please seek the help below.
The best starting point is your GP or the Alcohol and Drug Helpline. They will be able to support you towards the best course of action and local services including youth services that are available. The Helpline phone number is 0800 787 797. You can also visit their visit their website, or free txt 8681 for confidential advice.