- Aware.org is a South African non-profit organisation that recently ran a campaign against underage drinking
- During the campaign, it was alleged that half the children who engage in underage drinking become dependent on alcohol
- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to get the fact behind it
Aware.org recently ran a campaign against underage drinking, claiming that half of the minors who drink will develop a dependency on alcohol.
While the non-profit organisation was advocating against the illicit behavior of children abusing alcohol, the claim seems a bit far-fetched.
Briefly.co.za examines the facts behind the statement:
The institute itself, however, said that the research did not back up Aware.org's claim. Instead, Dr. Aaron White revealed that only between 4.1% and 9% of those who engaged in underage drinking developed a dependancy.
South African research in this field has also failed to produce any evidence of a link between underage drinking and a dependency later in life.
Dr. Saiendhra Moodley, a specialist at the University of Pretoria says that while underage drinking is a risk factor for addiction, it isn't to the extent suggested by Aware.org.
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