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Alcohol and young people - how it can affect you

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As a teenager, you may be interested in drinking alcohol. Perhaps your friends talk about drinking or you think you will have more fun, and fit in, if you drink. It's important to understand how alcohol can affect you, and if you choose to drink, how to do it safely and responsibly.

People have different ideas about what 'problem drinking' or an 'alcohol problem' is – but most would agree that it involves a level of alcohol use which causes ongoing troubles in the lives of the alcohol users and of their families and friends.

Recent research is showing that even 'moderate' drinking by 13 to 17 year olds can be a cause of brain damage. If these young people reduce or stop drinking alcohol this brain damage may be reversed. Binge drinking is reported to be a big worry about the risk of causing brain damage.

More information

The website Reachout has many great topics in it's


South Australia

  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia - provides statewide alcohol and other drug treatment services.
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service - telephone 1300 13 13 40 – 8.30 am to 10 pm confidential telephone counselling and information
  • Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc – telephone (08) 8351 9031:
  • Al-Anon/Alateen Family Group (for families of people with a drinking problem)
    - telephone (08) 8231 2959 (24 hour service) or (08) 8212 6824. 


Kid's Helpline - telephone counselling for young people 

Australian Drug Information Network:

Lawstuff, legal information for young Australians


Science direct - Alcohol 'Changes in the serum metabolite profile correlate with decreased brain grey matter volume in moderate-to-heavy-drinking young adults' Noora Heikkinen Et al  Report

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