The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) alcohol guidelines for young people provide important reasons not to give alcohol to young people if they are under 18 years of age.3
There is increasing evidence about the effect alcohol has on the developing brain. This section will discuss:
1 Monti P, Miranda R, Nixon K, Sher K, Swartzwelder H, Tapert S, White A, Crews F. Adolescence: Booze, Brains, and Behavior. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2010; 29(2):207–220.
2 Allsop S. How to set teens up for a healthy relationship with alcohol. [online] 2012 [cited 2012Dec 24]. Available from: URL: http://theconversation.edu.au/how-to-set-teens-up-for-a-healthy-relationship-with-alcohol-7370
3 National Health and Medical Research Council. (2009). Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol: Commonwealth of Australia
Call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.