Young people

Children and young people are more vulnerable to negative impacts of alcohol on memory and learning, as the brain is still developing up until the 20s.82

Young people up to the age of 25 years are at a higher risk of harm from alcohol use than older adults. This is because young adults have the greatest risk of injury and accidents related to alcohol use, an increased risk of alcohol dependence and a lower tolerance to alcohol than older adults.19 Other harms that affect young people more than adults include unprotected and unwanted sex, assault, arrests, and harmful effects on social life, finances or work/study.80,82

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