Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol Use

Alcohol has a complex role in Australian society. Most Australians drink alcohol, generally for enjoyment, relaxation and sociability, and do so at levels that cause few adverse effects. However, a substantial proportion of people drink at levels that increase their risk of alcohol-related harm. For some, alcohol is a cause of significant ill health and hardship.

Did you know?

  • More than half the world's population does not drink
  • Drink driving results in 30 per cent of all deaths
  • One quarter (25 per cent) of all assaults occur in just 12 hours of the week. (Friday and Saturday night)
  • Of all assaults 70 per cent are alcohol related

(Source: Issues paper Journal of Addiction: Associate Professor Peter Miller of Deakin University).

Drinking Guidelines

The guidelines for responsible drinking levels are:

  • To reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime, healthy adult men and women should drink no more than 2 standard drinks a day
  • To reduce the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking, healthy adult men and women should drink no more then 4 standard drinks on any single occasion

Remember - Alcohol affects everyone differently and what may be safe for one person may be risky for another. Know your limit.

Alcohol should be avoided if:

  • You are under 18 years of age
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a family history of alcohol-related problems
  • You are on medication or using other drugs
  • You have a condition that may be affected by alcohol such as Hepatitis C

Alcohol and Kids

Did you know?

  • Most young people obtain alcohol from friends or acquaintances, or from their parents

Delay Drinking

Research shows that those who commence drinking alcohol at a later age are less likely to participate in risky drinking behaviors.

It is particularly important that children aged 15 and under do not to consume any alcohol as it will effect their brain development.

Teen Drinking Law

It is an offence for a person to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 in a private home without parental consent.

A person who supplies alcohol to someone under 18 without a parent's consent can be subject to a maximum fine of more than $7000.

Party Safe

The Party safe program is about minimising the risks (i.e. gatecrashers) so that party hosts and their guests can stay safe whilst having fun.

Victoria Police allows you to register your party with the Police online or at your local police station.

The registration form is important, to ensure Police are aware of the event and can provide timely assistance if required.

Frankston City Council's response to Alcohol and Drugs

Frankston City Council runs a number of alcohol related programs including, the following:

Liquor License Regulation

Liquor License applications are made through the Victoria Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

Council and local Police have the ability to review a copy of each application and comment on the likely impact of the operation of the business on amenity of the area.

Frankston Liquor Forum

The Frankston Liquor Forum is held to encourage best practice in self-regulation of licensed premises in Frankston.

Meetings are chaired by Victoria Police. Anyone who has a liquor license is encouraged to attend.

For more information please contact Frankston City Council on 1300 322 322.

Safe Taxi Rank

The Safe Taxi Rank on the corner of Davey and Young Streets operates from 1:00am - 5:00am on Saturday mornings, Sunday mornings and Public Holidays.

Patrons wishing to access taxi services outside these times should phone Frankston Radio Cabs on 9786 3322.

The rank is manned by security personnel and also has 4 CCTV cameras that provide surveillance of the rank area.

The Safe Taxi Rank is funded by late night liquor venues, Frankston Radio Cabs and Frankston City Council.

Alcohol and Drug Action Plan

Currently Frankston City Council is in consultation with service providers to create an Alcohol and Drug Action Plan.

The Action Plan will aim to reduce the harm associated with alcohol through education and awareness raising.

The Action Plan will be uploaded as soon as possible.

Pharmacotherapy Accord

The Frankston Pharmacotherapy Accord is an Australian first.

The Accord meets to discuss any emerging issues for the management of pharmacotherapy programs in Frankston.

The Accord consists of GP's, Pharmacies, Police and Council.

For more information please contact Frankston City Council on 1300 322 322.

Services Available in Frankston City Council

There are a number of local services available for those in need of alcohol and drug support.

PenDAP (Peninsula Drug and Alcohol Program)

Peninsula Drug and Alcohol Program (PenDAP) offers services to help people who are having problems because of their alcohol and/or drug use.

Some of PenDAPs services include: counselling, support after withdrawal, community education, adult outreach and support groups.

SHARPS (Southern Hepatitis/HIV/AIDS Referral and Prevention Service)

SHARPS is a Needle Syringe Program located at 20 Young Street, Frankston. At this site you can obtain clean needles and syringes, cotton and spoons, medi-swabs along with advice, referral, support and information.

A mobile Outreach Service can be contacted after 6:30pm seven days a week on call 1800 642 287 or 1800 888 236.

YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service)

YSAS provides a range of youth specific outreach, treatment, withdrawal, rehabilitation and support programs for young people aged between 12 and 21 who are experiencing problems related to alcohol and other drugs.

Family Drug Help

Problems with alcohol and drug use can affect family members.

Family Drug Help offers support, information, education, inspiration to family members of those suffering from alcohol and drug use.

Please phone 1300 600 068 or view their website.

Support groups in Frankston City Council

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is safe space where men and women can share their experience, strength and hopes with each other.

Meetings are held in Frankston, Frankston North and Seaford.

AA Victoria 24hr Helpline 03 9429 1833 or 1300 AA HOPE.

Contact Us

Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199
P. 1300 322 322
E. info@frankston.vic.gov.au

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