Teenage Issues

Information on some of the issues which affect young people including teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use and the laws surrounding them in Argentina...

  • For advice about child and youth rights - Tel: 102

Teenagers and alcohol

The consumption of alcohol among teenagers has been on the rise over the last few decades, and there is concern about the number of young people claiming to drink regularly in the country.

The legal minimum age for purchasing alcohol is eighteen.

There are organizations that can help those for whom alcohol has become an problem:

Teenagers and drugs

Alcohol, tobacco, inhalants and steroids are legal in Argentina., while most other types of stimulants, narcotics and hallucinogens are not. Marijuana is the most common drug, and small scale use was recently decriminalized by the Argentine Supreme Court. However, marijuana remains illegal in Argentina.

A helpline for people with addictions is provided by the drug addiction prevention agency, SEDRONAR.

  • Tel: 0800 222 1133 - calls are free and the helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Teenagers and pregnancy

The age of sexual consent in Argentina is 13; however, a minor, or a parent of a child aged between 13 and 16, can press charges for corruption of minors.

Abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or incest, or if the life of the pregnant woman is at risk.

Contraception is not always used, which has lead to a high incidence of teenage pregnancy in Argentina.

More information about teenage sexuality can be obtained from the Argentine Family Protection Association (Asociación Argentina de Protección Familiar).

  • Sexual Health Helpline
    : 0800 222 3444 - calls are free of charge