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Typically, adolescents and young adults drink more alcohol in an occasion than other age groups.
In the 2012 national health survey, 43% of secondary school drinkers reported a typical consumption of 5 or more drinks in a drinking occasion. Almost half (49.7%) of all current drinkers reported consuming this amount at least once in the previous month. The prevalence of these risky drinking patterns increases with age .
The young body and brain of an adolescent places them at increased risk of alcohol-related harm [28,29]. Those aged under 15 years are at particularly high risk, with the rates of harm remaining somewhat elevated among drinkers aged 15−17 years . It is very important that the short-term and long-term harms from adolescent alcohol use are prevented. Therefore, it is essential that if alcohol is consumed by young people, it is undertaken in a supervised environment and alcohol is provided responsibly.
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