South Africa is concerned about how many teens are drinking, particularly because youth will be leading us in the next 20 years. We hope to get you dreaming and doing great things.
But it’s up to you. You decide.
Locally, many stars and celebs are concerned about the issue. Thembalethu Ntuli is one of them. Famous for getting us laughing with his ‘tsotsi taal’, he has seen the effects of excessive (and underage) drinking on our communities and says: “Youth can be tooooo crazy. Why drink? Just wait until you’re older and rather start building your success in your teens: go to school, meet new friends, play sport…you won’t regret it, when your adult life is styling. You can change the world…come up bigger than you are.”
Here are some of the dangers of underage drinking.
Some may come as a surprise and some may not.
- 1 in 2 teenagers in the average South African home is a user of alcohol.
- Almost half the learners (49%) interviewed in a recent high school survey said that they had drunk alcohol at some stage during their teens
In the same survey, 15% of guys and 8% of girls said that they’d had their first drink before age 13
- Having five or more drinks in a single session is considered to be binge drinking and makes you a problem drinker
- 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
- Teens that use alcohol are three times more likely to be involved in violent crime