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Health is seeking the support of rural women to prevent alcohol and other drugs among the youth (30/11/2013)

The Minister of Health and Social Policy takes part in the conference on the role of rural families to prevent alcohol and other drugs

The Ministry of Health and Social Policy, the Association of Family and Women in Rural (Afammer) and the city of Torre Pacheco, held in this location a conference on 'The role of rural families to prevent alcohol and other drugs', with which it is seeking the support of rural women to raise awareness among young people and adults, their environment about the consequences of consumption.

The Minister, María Ángeles Palacios said that although prevention and awareness is a responsibility that falls to the regional health organization, families "are key parts of society to help and cooperate with us in the development of initiatives to raise awareness about the consequences of drinking alcohol and other drugs. "

"The family is the first nucleus of transmission of lifestyle and, therefore, the most suitable to convey a healthy lifestyle, free of toxic," said Palacios, who stressed that alcohol "is not only a problem health among young people, but the data from the latest survey AGES, studying the population between 15 and 64, show that in the region, 12.2 percent of the adult population consumes alcohol daily. "

"We must not lower our guard"

The regional head of Health and Social Affairs insisted to the participants at the meeting that "we must not lower our guard," although the survey results cited, among schoolchildren aged 14 to 18, position in the Region situation better than the rest of Spain to consumption.

Palacios explained that the experimental use of alcohol fell by ten points in two years, from 77 percent in 2008 to 67.2 percent in 2010 (latest ESTUDES), compared to 75.1 percent national, and habitual intake also declined from 54.6 percent to 53.9 percent, compared to 63 percent in Spain.

He further stressed on the positive side, the age of first use among young Murcia is located at 13.8 years, an increase over 2008, which was 13.5, while at national is 13.7.

In the region, according to data from the Survey on Drug Use in Elementary Teachings ESTUDES 2010, alcohol is the drug most widely used by school children between 14 and 18.

Thus, 67.2 percent have ever tried alcohol, 59.6 percent have used it in the last twelve months and 53.9 in the last month.

In addition, approximately 36.2 percent of girls and 30.4 percent of boys get drunk from one to nine days a month.

Therefore, Palacios said the "importance" to strengthen the adolescent and his environment associated alcohol to a problem of personal and social health.

Drinking to get drunk

María Ángeles Palacios expressed concern about some changes that have occurred in cultural values ​​among young people, as that "young people have begun, in recent years, drinking to get drunk, whereas before it was only a side effect, because drunk was frowned upon. "

The Minister argued that there are clear rules that put the children and that "it is necessary to implement rules with empathy, but clear" and called their collaboration "to combat the scourge of alcoholism and has multiple effects on the body and affect behavior in the family, in the workplace and in society. "

Source: CARM

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