Fact Check: Half of kids who drink will develop alcohol dependency

Fact Check: Half of kids who drink will develop alcohol dependency

- 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

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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:

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Africa Check reports that Aware.org CEO Ingrid Louw had cited an article from Verywell Mind as the source of the statistic.

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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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