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. Findings include:

  • 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.
Mother and teenage son pose for picture on nature trail

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.

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