Binge drinking in early stages of life i.e. minimum before 15 years of age would result in negative effects among Australian adolescents. As a short term negative outcomes it can result in violent behavior, unintentional accidents, reckless driving leads to physical injuries, higher rates of absenteeism from schools that results in poor academic performances, increased use of drugs leads to suicidal attempts and depression, negative sexual behaviors with sexual assault and unwanted pregnancies. Childhood is the crucial period for brain development therefore at this age brain is susceptible for the damages caused due to higher alcohol consumption that can in long run permanently impair developments of the brain (Heerde, 2014). Australian youth ageing between 18-24 years are more prone to binge drinking and that leads them at higher levels of short term risks in comparison to any other age group.
According to the most recent data collected on alcohol consumption states that about 2/3 among the age group of 18-24 years that admitted that they faced a situation of risk of injuries for at least once in the past one year. Binge drinking among youths had resulted in higher mortality rates and hospitalization due to unintentional injuries among Australian youths (Tobin, 2011). Binge drinking by youths had severe economic costs for the Australian community. According to a study done on Australian youths for binge drinking resulted to an estimated costs of $15.3 billion incurred on efforts of Australian government for preventing youths from their severe damage (MacLean, 2014). On the contrary some researchers argue that the cost incurred on preventive efforts of binge drinking is much higher and is around $36 billion in 2011. Some other additional costs incurred due to occasional drinking or weekend drinking was estimated about $15 billion and this was associated with the higher risks related to violence, accidents and injuries due to excessive consumption of alcohol.