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10 facts on adolescent health

A group of young people interacting and drinking, Russia.
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Harmful drinking of alcohol

Harmful drinking among young people is an increasing concern in many countries. It reduces self-control and increases risky behaviours. Harmful drinking is a primary cause of injuries (including those due to road traffic accidents), violence (especially domestic violence), and premature deaths. Regulating access to alcohol is an effective strategy to reduce harmful use by young people. Bans on alcohol advertising can lessen peer pressure on adolescents to drink.

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