Is alcohol only a problem for young people?
Alcohol is a problem for the whole community, not just young people!
Young people’s decisions about drinking are influenced by lots of things, including the adult drinking culture. Unfortunately, too many adults drink at risky levels and set a bad example for young people.
So why is there a focus on young people and alcohol? Well...
- Too many young people are drinking in ways that put them at risk of harm –harm that is entirely preventable!
- Too many young people experience problems from other people’s drinking.
- We are learning more about the impact of alcohol on the developing brain – alcohol can cause damage to growing brains that can’t be repaired.
- Health experts are concerned that alcohol companies are promoting their products in ways that young people are likely to be exposed to and that appeal to them.