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.
Alcohol contributes to the 3 leading causes of death among young people:
- unintentional injuries
As a result, parents often feel overwhelmed as their children grow up and they have to deal with issues like alcohol and drugs.