Alcohol & The Developing Brain
Adolescence is a time of substantial development within the brain, and evidence shows the negative impact alcohol can have on the developing brain. [1,2]
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) alcohol guidelines for young people provide important reasons not to give alcohol to young people if they are under 18 years of age. 
There is increasing evidence about the effect alcohol has on the developing brain.
In this section:
Behaviour Driven by The Developing Brain
Impact of Alcohol and The Developing Brain
Brain Development Following Puberty
 Monti, P., Miranda, R., Nixon, K., Sher, K., Swartzwelder, H., Tapert, S., White, A. & Crews, F. (2010). Adolescence: Booze, Brains, and Behavior. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 29(2):207–220.
 Allsop, S. (2012). How to set teens up for a healthy relationship with alcohol. Available at: http://theconversation.edu.au/how-to-set-teens-up-for-a-healthy-relationship-with-alcohol-7370
 National Health and Medical Research Council. (2009). Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol: Commonwealth of Australia. Available at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/ds10