Less Aussie teenagers drinking delights Rocky psychologist

ROCKHAMPTON Clinical Psychologist Heidi Germann said she was happy to hear that surveys had shown a decline in adolescent drinking.

"If that is the case then that's very good new, but I still know that teenagers drink alcohol, and that they drink alcohol in Rockhampton," MsGermann said yesterday.

Ms Germann said she had been working with youth in the area for the last six years and that research had shown that the effects of alcohol on the teenage brain were detrimental.

"From a psychologists' perspective alcohol and the teenage brain don't go together," she said.

"Teenagers are very impulsive already and when you combine that with alcohol and peer pressure it can be a recipe for disaster."

Ms Germann added teens were more likely to binge-drink resulting in poor decision-making and that parents should think before allowing their children to drink.



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