Parents & Young People

There can be a difference in the behaviour and side effects seen in teenagers when they drink alcohol because teenager’s brains are still developing which can result in negative effects in the short and long-term.

In December 2020, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) revised their Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol. 

The NHMRC recommend to reduce the risk of injury and other harms to health, children and people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol. 


National Health and Medical Research Council (2009). Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol: Commonwealth of Australia. Available at

Page last updated: 24 February 2021

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