Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Footy Finals 2015 -

AC­CORD­ING to the Aus­tralia Drug Foun­da­tion, drink­ing al­co­hol leads to the three lead­ing causes of death amongst ado­les­cents: un­in­ten­tional in­juries, homi­cide and sui­cide.

The foun­da­tion said that drink­ing at an early age may dam­age the area of the brain that is re­spon­si­ble for de­ci­sion mak­ing, mem­ory and emo­tions. If the brain is dam­aged by drink­ing early, it could af­fect a per­son's mem­ory and abil­ity to learn.

It also said that drink­ing al­co­hol in­creased the the risk of de­vel­op­ing men­tal health and so­cial prob­lems, es­pe­cially when a per­son starts drink­ing at a young age.

“The ear­lier a child is in­tro­duced to al­co­hol, the more likely they are to de­velop prob­lems with al­co­hol later in life,” the web­site said.

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