What's the harm

Did you know?
Most 16 and 17-year-olds who drink, drink at parties or friends' houses

What's The Harm

There's plenty of research to prove that drinking alcohol can cause serious short term and long-term harm to young people and adults.

More young Victorians die from alcohol than from any other drug. It's a major reason why young Victorians end up in an ambulance or in hospital. In the four years between 2001/02 and 2004/05:

  • 6,180 young Victorians (aged 16 to 24) were assaulted in incidents involving alcohol - around 30 every week
  • 5,152 Victorians aged 15 to 19 were admitted to hospital because of medical issues relating to alcohol - about 25 each week
  • 2,135 Victorians aged between 18 and 24 were seriously injured in alcohol-related road crashes - more than 10 every week
  • 194 Victorians aged 15 to 24 died because of alcohol - almost one every week.

Across the whole Victorian population - including both young people and adults:

  • Ambulance Victoria attended 6,219 alcohol-related cases in metropolitan Melbourne in 2008-09.
  • 728 alcohol-related deaths were recorded in 2007.
  • 10,363 family incidents involving alcohol reported to Victoria Police in 2008-09.
  • 27,045 inpatient hospitalisations in Victoria associated with alcohol in 2008-09.

In this section, you'll find detail about the effects of alcohol on your short term and long term health and wellbeing.