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QUESTION: WHAT COULD HELP THE NEXT GENERATION TO BE SMARTER, HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER?
ANSWER:NOT USING ALCOHOL UNTIL THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE OF 18

>> Across Australia, communities and families struggle with alcohol-related problems.

>> Alcohol is responsible for one third of deaths and injuries such as road accidents for those under the age of 18.

>> Adolescents who begin drinking alcohol at a young age are more likely to have problems with alcohol later in life compared to adolescents who delay alcohol use.

>> Based on this kind of evidence, the Australian national drinking guidelines were changed in 2009 and now recommend that it is not safe for people under the age of 18 to drink. However, the new guidelines are not yet fully understood or accepted by adolescents or their families.

WHY DO THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL GUIDELINES RECOMMEND NOT USING ALCOHOL UNTIL AGE 18?

>> Drinking large amounts of alcohol in your teen years can cause PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR BRAIN.

>> Teenagers that do not drink alcohol are HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER and do better in school and sports.

>> In recent years increasing numbers of young people in Australia are making the decision not to drink alcohol until they turn 18. This "Smart Generation" will be healthier and have fewer problems linked with drinking such as hospitalisation and violence.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL USE?

>> AGREE ON A RULE that alcohol will not be drunk in your home by those under 18 (not even a taste of beer).

>> If you are under 18 and have already drunk alcohol, then AGREE TO STOP drinking it or to drink it less often.

>> AGREE ON SOME CONSEQUENCES with your parents, if you drink alcohol before 18.

>> In some states IT IS ILLEGAL for other parents or adults to provide under 18s with alcohol.

...THE WORLD NEEDS THE NEXT GENERATION TO BE THE BEST THAT HAS EVER BEEN.

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ACROSS THE WORLD ALCOHOL USE IS THE GREATEST CAUSE OF DEATH, INJURY AND VIOLENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

Adolescents using alcohol in Australia are pressured by the alcohol industry and their peers to drink.

Although the alcohol industry would like you to think that drinking is cool, many young people in Australia are choosing to not drink alcohol until they reach the legal drinking age of 18 years.

VOLUNTEERING TO HELP OTHERS CAN INCREASE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS AND REDUCE ALCOHOL USE.

THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, PARENTS, ADULTS AND FRIENDS ACROSS AUSTRALIA ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TALK ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TEENAGE DRINKING AND TO AGREE THAT ADULTS WILL NOT SUPPLY ALCOHOL TO YOUNG PEOPLE BEFORE THEY REACH THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE OF 18.

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