Government advice says it is safest for young people to be alcohol-free for as long as possible.
Young people can be protected from a range of alcohol harms by being alcohol-free.
Young people experience more harm from their drinking than others.
Harms from drinking can include: brain impairment, poor mental health, alcohol dependence, death, injury, and a greater risk of not completing school.
Strong laws (e.g. relating to the purchase age, alcohol advertising and marketing, price and availability of alcohol) can greatly support young people to be alcohol-free.