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Do you know how much your friends are drinking?

Over half of young Australians aged 12-17 years have never had a full serve of alcohol and only very few drink on a weekly basis.

Even though you may think it's normal to drink alcohol as you get older, more than half of 17 year olds are not regular drinkers.

It might be even more surprising that the number of teenagers who drink alcohol is decreasing over time. More and more young people are making the decision not to drink.

However, teenagers who do drink alcohol are doing so at a much younger age and at increasingly risky levels.

Drinking alcohol at these harmful levels contributes to the 3 leading causes of death among teenagers – accidental injuries, homicide and suicide and can contribute significantly to risk-taking behaviours, unsafe sex, forced sex and alcohol poisoning.

If you start drinking at a young age, you may increase the chances of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety later in life. The risk of experiencing social problems and alcohol dependence also increases.

If you have experienced mental health issues in the past, drinking alcohol can cause these problems to persist and/or re-occur.

Where can I go for help?

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If you start drinking at a young age, you may increase the chances of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety later in life
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