THE National Substance Abuse Advisory Council is calling on parents to play an active role in stopping their children from drinking grog.
The council is conducting a week-long workshop in Labasa on drugs and substance abuse as well as the elimination of violence against girls and women.
Council education officer health Josua Naisele said students drinking grog was becoming prevalent in the country nowadays.
"We need their parents' intervention to stop their children from drinking grog.
"Drinking grog is a form of drug and substance abuse and this is something we are trying to control," he said.
"Parents should be role models in order for their children to follow them.
"The council has continued to hold workshops where we educate teachers and student peer educators on such abuses. With the knowledge they have, they will be able to disseminate the information to their respective schools."