Spectrum works with local Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) and other partners to offer support for young people affected by alcohol misuse and raise awareness of the dangers of underage 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.
Health risks of under-age drinking
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