Teenagers who consume alcohol excessively have been found to be at risk for abnormal organ development as the possible result of the hormonal abnormalities caused by alcohol. This is particularly a risk to their developing reproductive system. Just a few of the other many dangerous effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism in teenagers include the following:
In everyday use, alcohol usually refers to drinks such as beer, wine, or spirits containing ethyl alcohol - a substance that can cause drunkenness and changes in consciousness, mood, and emotions. It is these intoxicating and psychoactive effects that lead to so many accidents, injuries, diseases, and disruptions in the family life of everyday Australians.
Due to the different ways that alcohol can affect people, there is no amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for everyone . People choosing to drink must realise that there will always be some risk to their health and social well-being. However, there are ways to minimise the risks. This site is designed to give Australians a basic knowledge and understanding about alcohol and its consequences in order to make informed decisions so they might minimise the risk of alcohol-related harms.
Where to go for help if you or someone you know has problems with alcohol Alcohol and Drug Information Services in each State/Territory:
ACT: 02 6207 9977
NSW: Sydney 02 9361 8000
NSW country 1800 422 599
SA: 1300 131 340
VIC: 1800 888 236
NT: Darwin 08 8922 8399
Central Australia 08 8951 7580
Territory wide 1800 131 350
QLD: 1800 177 833
TAS: 1800 811 994
WA: Perth 08 9442 5000
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Last updated on: 16 October, 2015
UK Chief Medical Officers' Alcohol Guidelines Review, Summary of the proposed new guidelines ; Dept of Health, January 2016
Genetic differences exist between different racial groups which affect the risk of developing alcohol dependence. For example, there are differences between African, East Asian and Indo-racial groups in how they metabolize alcohol. These genetic factors are believed to, in part, explain the differing rates of alcohol dependence among racial groups.   The alcohol dehydrogenase allele ADH1 B*3 causes a more rapid metabolism of alcohol. The allele ADH1 B*3 is only found in those of African descent and certain Native American tribes. African Americans and Native Americans with this allele have a reduced risk of developing alcoholism.  Native Americans however, have a significantly higher rate of alcoholism than average; it is unclear why this is the case.  Other risk factors such as cultural environmental effects . trauma have been proposed to explain the higher rates of alcoholism among Native Americans compared to alcoholism levels in caucasians.  
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