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Alcohol and young people
Young people under 18 should not drink any alcohol
Most young people in Europe enjoy drinking alcohol without getting drunk and it is important to remember this if you feel under pressure to keep up with your friends.

We gathered some tips  that will help you keep the control and enjoy yourselves.

You may feel it is unfair that your age group is always mentioned in the press for uncontrolled drinking
(‘binge drinking’)The truth is you are more likely to return home with a stranger, end up in bed with someone you will regret, embarrass yourself or your friends or be robbed, than older age groups.

Remember that if you drink:

•    you should avoid driving
•    you should not work at heights or use machinery.
•    you should never mix alcohol with drugs or medicines.

Illegal drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy and heroine, should never be mixed with alcohol because their effects might get worse and even lead to death. The same goes for methadone, the legal alternative of heroine.

Some medicines that you can buy without prescription are also harmful when combined with alcohol. For that reason, avoid anti-histamines and most cough syrups, because they contain sedative substances.

•    Also, be careful when drinking during or after
sports, as you may be dehydrated.