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Why should young people avoid alcohol?


Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults.

The facts have changed – we now know more about the effects of alcohol and it is more harmful than previously thought. Alcohol exposes young people to a greater risk of injury and harm, and doing things they may later regret.

This is because young people’s brains are still developing and they are likely to drink more and take more risks when drinking compared to older people.

Early drinking can lead to risky and antisocial behaviour and contributes to the 3 leading causes of death amongst young people:

  • Unintentional injuries
  • Homicide
  • Suicide

Drinking early can also cause problems with alcohol later in life and can damage the brain.

The Australian alcohol guidelines recommend that young people delay their first drink until they’re 18 years old.

More information on young people and alcohol

Read the GrogWatch blog entry: Should parents introduce young people to alcohol? 

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