Factors that influence teenagers' drinking


A teenager's decision to drink alcohol can be influenced by:

  • early introduction to alcohol
  • exposure to adult binge drinking or alcohol dependence
  • access to alcohol from parents and others
  • friends who drink heavily
  • New Zealand’s drinking culture
  • access to cheap alcohol
  • alcohol marketing
  • parental relationships and attitudes to alcohol
  • truancy
  • poor educational achievement and school relationships
  • money to spend
  • conflict or bullying
  • long periods of unsupervised time.