• Question: Is drinking alcohol from a young age bad for you?

    Asked by giggle1234 to Amylou, Maria, Mark L, Mark U on 20 Jun 2012.
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      Amy Evans answered on 20 Jun 2012:

      hi giggle1234,

      Research has been suggested that younger and elderly people may be at increased risk of adverse consequences of alcohol because they have a smaller body volume for the alcohol be spread through. This can cause increased sensitivity to blood alcohol levels.

      As drinking alcohol heavily has been associated with negative outcomes such as cognitive decline, falls, stroke, malnutrition, and social isolation it is important that the individual is responsible with their drinking and it’s likely that at a young age you wouldn’t be that responsible or able to understand the risks associated with alcohol consumption.