• If you drink too much at any age, it can seriously damage your health. But, as a young person, you are particularly at risk. Too much alcohol can give you skin problems, and make you put on weight. It causes serious illnesses such as liver disease, heart disease and cancer. And too much alcohol can affect your mind – you may become forgetful, or even suffer from permanent brain damage
  • When you are under 18, there is no safe drinking limit
  • If you drink when you’re young, you are more likely to get involved in crime. You are also more likely to be rowdy and aggressive – which can get you into a lot of trouble
  • If you drink too much, you’re less able to weigh up risks. This means that you may find yourself in dangerous situations. It also means that you are more likely to become a victim of crime
  • If you drink when you’re young, you are more likely to have sex before you are legally allowed to. You may have sex with someone and later wish you hadn’t, or you may have unprotected sex – which can itself cause many problems

Where to get help

ShADOWS (Shire Alcohol and Drug Outreach Workers Services)
Tel: 01258 488486

The free national alcohol helpline. Call in complete confidence, 24 hours a day, to put you in touch with your local alcohol advice centre for help and advice.
Tel: 0800 876 6776

Tel: 0800 77 66 00
Text a question to 82111

For further information

Know your Colour

Tel: 020 740 30 888