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Teen Drinking - May 22nd 2009, 05:59 AM

The current trend to introduce alcohol to teenagers before the legal drinking age of eighteen needs to be urgently reviewed in light of recent Australian research into adolescent drinking.

A team from Melbourne's Murdoch Children's Research Institute, tracked 1520 young people's drinking habits over a ten year period and found that there is no safe drinking level for teenagers.

Adolescents under the age of eighteen who drink even small amounts of alcohol have significantly higher risk of alcohol abuse when they move into early adulthood. In fact, low level drinkers resemble more closely high level drinkers and those who didn't drink at all when it comes to alcohol-related problems.

This research provides evidence for a move away from the harm minimization approach, where teenagers are taught to drink sensibly, and even for a rise in the minimum drinking age.

The move toward zero alcohol for under 18's has plenty of backing from health experts across the nation. There is no doubt teen drinking is linked to a variety of risk-taking behaviours particularly sexual activity, violence and anti-social behaviours.

The brain recent conducted over the last ten or so years leaves little doubt that those who begin drinking under eighteen years of age are highly susceptible to developing dependency problems in their twenties.

A type of hard-wiring of the connections on the brain occurs from the age of 13 through to 18, which means habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol are more likely to become ingrained at this stage, than if they began in their twenties. In much the same way that complex sporting skills learned in this age stay for life, so too do less healthy teenage past-times such as lying on the couch, playing video games and drinking become habit forming.
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Re: Teen Drinking - May 22nd 2009, 09:38 AM

Where are your sources?
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Re: Teen Drinking - May 22nd 2009, 03:27 PM

I honestly don't know what to think of the drinking ages and if they should be changed and so on. Some people think lowering the drinking age doesn't change much, and others think it's completely ridiculous. Many, many teens find a way to drink before they're 21 and oI don't know. I just don't know what to think about it.
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