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Young people use alcohol and drugs, especially when experimenting, testing boundaries and risk taking in the teen years.
There are a number of reasons your child may use alcohol and drugs.
Some young people use drugs to:
While everybody’s experience with alcohol and drugs is different, here are some general themes around substance misuse:
Drug use can lead to arrests and legal proceedings
Misuse can result in behaviours that get in the way of relationships, work and study
A national survey found that more than 70% of teens aged 12-17 do NOT drink alcohol
Misuse can lead to physical issues, such as dependence, overdose and risky sexual behaviours
The age young people try smoking has tended to rise in recent years
Misuse of alcohol and drugs impacts families, bystanders and the community
Misuse of alcohol and drugs happens when a pattern of harmful use develops over time
Misuse can impair judgement and lead to psychological harm or illness
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