Spectrum is committed to reducing the harms caused by under-age drinking and supporting people affected by substance misuse to find support.
Across many locations in the Yorkshire and the North East, Spectrum works with partners including Change Grow Live, Changing Lives, Turning Point and Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) to offer support for young people affected by alcohol misuse and raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking.
Health risks of under-age drinking
Drinking under-age can be harmful in many ways, and can be more damaging for young people because of the way it interferes with the development of the brain.
Under-age drinking can:
• Impact on a young person’s development, including their memory, which could affect their performance at school
• Disrupt family life and personal relationships
• Lead to a greater risk of health issues such as weight loss, disturbed sleep and headaches
• Be linked to other harmful behaviours, such as taking drugs
• Leave young people more vulnerable to risky situations