Bullied Teens Turn to Alcohol and Drugs to Cope

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A survey conducted by ReachOut found that alcohol was being used to cope with bullying by teenagers and young adults.

There have been renewed calls for bullying to be recognised as a national health problem after ReachOut found that 16 per cent of people between the ages of 14 and 25 used drugs and alcohol to deal with bullying.

Ashley de Silva, ReachOut CEO, said the number of young people drinking and taking drugs to self-medicate was really concerning, as it could be a fast track to more serious issues including binge drinking, drink driving and unprotected sex.

As servers of alcohol it’s important we understand the dangers of serving alcohol to underage patrons. Ask for a photo ID as proof of age, although the legal drinking age is 18, you should check the photo IDs of any young adult. This is a major part of Responsible Service of Alcohol.

Source: https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2019/03/drugs-alcohol-coping-mechanism-bullied-teens/