“a process through which an individual is enabled to move on from their problem drug (including alcohol) use towards becoming an active and contributing member of society”
(Scottish Government, 2008)
The impact of drug and alcohol misuse goes beyond an individual to their family, colleagues, and to whole communities through breakdown of relationships, crime, fear, decreased productivity, and loss of employment. Let’s work together to make communities safer.
Working with the Highland population to understand the impact of alcohol and drugs on our health, and to encourage each of us to look at our relationship with alcohol and drugs, and aim for a healthy balance.
Meet the MacPhersons is a local media campaign that takes a family approach to tackling underage drinking. It is based on insight gathered from over 200 young people and 20 parents on the types of dilemmas families with teenagers are often faced with in relation to alcohol.
Meet the MacPhersons raises awareness of the influence that parental modelling, peer pressure and taking part in organised activities can have on a young person's decision to either drink or not drink. The adverse effects that underage drinking can have on the performance and health of young people and the detrimental impact on their life when parents drink too much, are also highlighted.
The campaign encourages families to consider the benefits of making positive choices that are less pro-alcohol. It provides lots of useful resources on ways to prevent and discuss alcohol use with teenagers and where to get help in the local area, if need be.
Information and resources for Young People, Parents & carers and Teachers on substance misuse.