To understand why young people drink we need to know what influences their decision to drink, and why they choose not to drink. Below is a summary of the results from the Commissioner of Children and Young People 2011 survey.1
In 2011, the Commissioner of Children and Young People conducted research with young people aged 14 to 17 years about alcohol and the harm it causes. This research highlighted concerns young people have about alcohol and what influences their decisions about whether or not to drink. Some of the key points that this research revealed are highlighted below.
Overall, the harms identified by young people included: physical health effects, mental and emotional harm, financial consequences, legal consequences and damage to personal relationships. 2
Of most concern were the immediate effects of drinking too much alcohol such as:
View the Commissioner of Children and Young People’s report, Speaking Out About Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm.
1 Bridle R, Goggin, L., & Christou, A. Alcohol Trends in Western Australia: ASSAD Survey 2011. Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office, 2012.
2 Commissioner for Children and Young People (2011). Speaking Out About Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm 2011. Available from: http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/files/Speaking Out About Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm.pdf
Call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers.
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.