Alcohol Use Among Australian Youth: Exploration of a Public Health Issue
Alcohol use among adolescents is a growing issue in Australia. Authorities are continuously trying to tackle this issue through promotion, awareness and education in the public health sector. Alcohol is highly tolerated in Australia and has been socially and culturally accepted for many decades and yet it is accountable for most drug-related deaths in the Australian youth population. Alcohol misuse in adolescent groups is something that should be taken very seriously since it is linked to many health risks such as depression and liver damage to name a few. Both physically and psychologically, alcohol can seriously affect adolescents and may delay both physical and psychological development in young Australians. Adolescents that start drinking at an early stage are at much greater risk of impairing and inhibiting brain development, as alcohol is a toxin that may interfere with this type of development. As a result of this, young people that consume alcohol at risky levels may experience factors such as learning and memory impairment as a result (Better Health Channel, 2012; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2010)
Nearly one in four young Australians aged 14 – 19 have reported consuming risky levels of alcohol on a monthly or weekly basis (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2008; Roche, Bywood, Borlagdan et al., 2007). The aim of this paper is to identify the cause and effect of these findings. It will also aim to identify and discuss how to change the drinking patterns in Australian youth through factors such as health promotion, education and any preventative measure that can be implemented in order to tackle the issue.
Definition of the issue
Alcohol has remained a highly socially acceptable substance used throughout Australian history and plays a big part in the Australian culture we know today. It is used among young Australians and can be define as an...