Law - Underage Alcohol Consumption

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Laws – Underage Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is plays a very big role in Australian culture but it is beginning to become a problem amongst society. Majority of Australians consume alcohol, usually for enjoyment and entertainment and are responsible when doing so, therefore causing no harm. However, a substantial number of people drink far more than they should and an increasing percentage of people are at risk of alcohol related harm. Whether these risks are towards ones own health or towards someone else’s physical health, these problems are becoming more and more serious.

For young people, the effects of alcohol are different to fully grown and mature adults. Teenagers may not know the risk of the consumption of alcohol and it can be very dangerous. People often do things when they are drunk and they are not aware of what they are doing - they’re not thinking straight. These can lead to health risks of others, as well as the person who is drunk. Alcohol can lead to some very serious long term diseases such as mouth and throat cancer, mental health disorders including depression, and liver cirrhosis and heart disease. Research also suggests that adolescents drinking alcohol could interrupt proper development of the brain.

Drinking alcohol can also affect a child’s ability to concentrate in school and students tend to fail and not meet school requirements. Underage people who drink also tend to commit criminal offenses a lot more than those who don’t. This can become troublesome, especially when the police get involved. The child could be charged for committing the crime and be sent to juvenile detention.

As this issue has been seen to be becoming more and more severe, the law has addressed these issues with multiple laws against underage drinking. Under Victorian law, it is now illegal to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 18, unless consent has…...

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