At The Corner you can come and speak to someone about any aspect of alcohol and we can then work with you either on an individual basis or by linking you to specialist services.
Drinking alcohol is a massive part of our culture and most young people who drink alcohol do so without experiencing serious problems. It’s seen as part of growing up, and in time people are likely to develop sensible drinking habits.
However, binge drinking and drunkenness have become much more common over the last decade, particularly amongst young people - so it's important for you to understand the risks and keep safe if you drink.
What is Alcohol?
Alcohol is a powerful drug and it affects the body and brain almost straight away. About 5 minutes after you have started drinking, alcohol has reached every part of the body!
Alcohol and your body
Drinking alcohol can cause physical damage to your body, and put you more at risk from certain diseases and mental health problems. Drinking lots of alcohol at once, especially if you do this all the time is likely to damage your health.
Because young people’s bodies are still growing, alcohol can interfere with their development. This makes young people particularly vulnerable to the long-term damage caused by alcohol. This damage can include:
- cancer of the mouth and throat
- sexual and mental health problems
- liver cirrhosis and heart disease
Research also suggests that drinking alcohol in adolescence can harm the development of the brain.
Young people might think that any damage to their health caused by drinking lies so far in the future that it’s not worth worrying about. However, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people in their twenties dying from liver disease as a result of drinking heavily in their teens.
Young people who drink are also much more likely to be involved in an accident and end up in hospital.