Preventing underage drinking - on your watch

With schools closing for the year ahead of the festive season, parents of teenagers need to be vigilant when it comes underage alcohol consumption.

It is reported that people who begin drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent than those who have their first drink at age 20 or older. Research also shows that 67% of teens who drink before the age of 15 will go on to use illegal drugs.

Clinical Psychologist, from the Sandton Psychology and Wellness Centre, Sandra Brownrigg chats to 702's John Robbie about the dangers of underage drinking, as well as practical advice for parents and adults on how to prevent underage drinking from taking place on their watch.

Listen to the conversation below:

For psychological assistance or advice, parents can contact the Sandton Psychologists or read more on playing an active role in preventing underage drinking here.


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