Sunday 25 February 2018

Girls in UK are 'biggest teenage binge drinkers'

Elizabeth Barrett and Tom Lawrence

British girls are the biggest teenage binge drinkers in the Western world, a report has revealed.

Statistics show that 50pc of 15 year olds have been drunk at least twice -- almost double the 29pc average of other developed countries.

Girls also drink more alcohol in the UK than their male counterparts, with only 44pc of 15-year-old boys admitting being intoxicated on two or more occasions.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) figures were published in a new report entitled 'Through the Looking Glass', commissioned by the think tank Demos.

They revealed that between 1998 and 2008, the proportion of girls who were binge drinking -- defined as consuming more than six drinks per session -- increased from 17pc to 27pc.

As part of the report, Demos conducted its own poll of 500 British females aged 16 to 19.

It found 84pc were anxious about being able to secure the job they wanted in the future, with 81pc also worried about doing well in exams.

Money fears also featured highly, with more than three-quarters (76pc) saying they were worried about not having enough money, compared with 38pc who were anxious about finding a partner and 57pc who were worried about getting into university.

Having more cash was ranked as the top answer (27c) when girls were asked what would make them happiest, while in second place was a good or better relationship with their partner (26pc). The poll also found teenage girls thought success at school (92pc), having good friends (72pc) and being kind (70pc) would enable them to excel in life.

Among respondents, 16pc were 'not very happy', while 64pc were 'quite happy most of the time' and 17pc felt 'very happy'.

Irish Independent

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