Social Deviance: Underage Drinking

By Julia Wilson

The youth heavy drinking episode indicator identifies the proportion of people age 12-19 years who reported consuming five or more drinks on at least one occasion during the previous 12 months

More than 90% of people with an addiction began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18

Heavy drinking is associated with risk taking behaviour. Risks and consequences associated with heavy drinking include death, injury, violence, alcohol poisoning, unplanned and unwanted sexual experiences including sexual assault and sexually transmitted infections. Prolonged heavy drinking may result in brain damage, liver disease, cancer or heart disease
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