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Young people and alcohol

June 2013

In 2009 the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol, to help people make informed decisions about their drinking. The new guidelines outline the level of risk associated with drinking alcohol. These guidelines include the recommendation that for children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking is the safest option.

This fact sheet provides information for parents about the NHMRC's guidelines for young people. It aims to help parents understand why the recommendation of not drinking was made and provides some suggestions about how parents can educate their children about alcohol and help reduce the risk of harm.

View this fact sheet as a web page


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