Underage drinking

People who are under the legal drinking age should not drink alcohol.

When alcohol is added to the mix, inhibitions may be lowered, judgement may be impaired, risk-taking may follow, and serious, potentially life-threatening problems can arise.

The effects

Underage drinking can cause serious problems at home and school. There are social consequences for underage drinkers, too, as it can cause reputational damage and self-esteem issues if behaviour becomes out of control.

It can also be associated with or contribute to serious negative outcomes, including the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Other types of accidents
  • Suicide
  • School failure
  • Truancy
  • Theft and other unlawful behaviour
  • Other dangerous risk-taking practices

In addition, the effects of alcohol on the developing brain are not completely known. Some studies have reported that underage drinking may impair brain development.

Respecting the law, one's self and each other is paramount.