Many parents are concerned about alcohol as well as other drugs as their children grow up, and for good reason.

Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults. Relatively recent research has shown that the brain keeps developing until we’re in our mid-twenties, and that alcohol is more harmful than previously thought to young people.

  • Alcohol exposes teenagers to a greater risk of injury and harm, and doing things they may later regret, than adults.
  • Teenagers are likely to drink more and take more risks when drinking compared to older people.
  • Drinking early can cause problems with alcohol later in life and damage the brain.
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Alcohol contributes to the 3 leading causes of death among young people:

  • Unintentional injuries
  • Homicide
  • Suicide

As a result, parents often feel overwhelmed as their children grow up and they have to deal with issues like alcohol and drugs. But there are many things you can do to prevent them from developing problems including: