- Young people’s drinking carries immediate risks to their health: underage drinkers are significant users of A&E and ambulance services
- Starting drinking at a young age also increases the risk of alcohol dependency or abuse in later life.
- Youth drinking has fallen recently, but chronic alcohol harms are becoming more common among under-30s.
- Alcohol prevention programmes in the classroom can help young people think about their attitudes towards alcohol, develop social skills and challenge misperceptions about peer norms.
- Parents’ attitudes to alcohol and strong family relationships are important in protecting young people.
Download other papers in the series or the whole set as a zip file:
- Disengaged from school, engaged with drugs and alcohol? Young people at risk
- Smoking prevention among young people
- Young people’s drinking: health harms and NHS burden
- Drugs, alcohol and youth crime: Counting the cost
- Alcohol, drugs and sexual health: Tackling under-18 conceptions
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