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Over a fifth of young people feel they should cut down on boozing sessions

Published 02/11/2015 | 13:22

Binge drinking (Stock photo)
Binge drinking (Stock photo)

Over a fifth of young people in Ireland feel they should cut down on their boozing sessions, according to a recent survey.

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Almost four in 10 young people drink alcohol weekly, with a high percentage of men (75pc) and 38pc of women consuming six or more standard drinks in a typical session.

The SpunOut.ie Youth Health Report 2015 revealed that over a fifth of young people (24pc) binge-drink at least once a week.

The survey, which focused on people aged between 15-24, also reported that 15pc of those who reported drinking at harmful levels in the past 12 months felt that their drinking harmed their health.

It also revealed that young women are more likely to be obsese compared to their male counterparts, and young women are more likely to be battling weight issues.

However, the study also showed that young people are largely positive about their general health.

A total of 92pc reported being in ‘good’ or ‘very good’ health, compared to an average of 85pc in the whole population.

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