Youth drinking – a tally of harm

Year 11 students have written letters to the editor discussing young people and alcohol. In today’s New Zealand Herald there is an interesting article

about the Law Commission’s report on alcohol which recommends that the drinking age be raised from 18 to 20.

The report detailed the harm alcohol caused to young people.

Here are some of their findings:

* Adolescent drinkers between the ages of 12 and 17 are more likely than older drinkers to suffer unprotected and unwanted sex, violence, assault, arrests, road crashes and other adverse social consequences.

* Alcohol contributes to the deaths of more young people aged 18 to 29 proportionally than any other age group.

* Alcohol disrupts physical and cognitive development and increases the risk of later alcohol-use disorders and other mental health problems.

* More drivers aged 20 to 24 are involved in alcohol-related fatal road traffic crashes than any other age group.

* One in three young men aged 18 to 24 – the greatest proportion of any age group – drink more than six standard drinks at least weekly.

Read the rest of the article here.

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