Links between alcohol and violence affecting young people
Drinking alcohol affects a person's ability to make safe decisions.
There are strong links between the harmful use of alcohol and both being a victim of, and perpetrating, youth violence.
- Alcohol use directly affects cognitive (thinking) and physical function.
- Harmful alcohol use can reduce self-control and the ability to process information and assess risks.
- Harmful alcohol use can increase emotions and impulsivity and make some young people more likely to resort to violence in confrontation.
- Reduced physical control and ability to recognise early warning signs can make some young people easy targets.
- Individual and social beliefs about the effects of alcohol (eg. increased confidence, increased aggression) means that alcohol may be consumed as preparation for involvement in violence.
- Alcohol and violence is often a central part of youth gang culture.
Where to go for help
For 24 hour alcohol and drug information and counselling, call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on (07) 3837 5989 or 1800 177 833 (free call outside Brisbane).
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