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Binge-drinking girls outnumber the boys

01:02am 1st June 2006


Girls now binge-drink more than boys

(Daily mail)

Binge-drinking among British teenagers has soared to record levels, with girls outstripping boys in their alcohol consumption, according to a new report.

Figures show Britain is among the worst in Europe for teen drunkenness and alcohol abuse, with more than a quarter of 15 and 16-year-olds getting drunk at least three times a month.


• Special report: Binge Drinking

Alarmingly, binge-drinking among teenage girls has increased to the second highest-level in Europe, trailing only behind Ireland.

The Europe-wide report, by the respected Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) comes as another survey found that more than half of young Britons drink with the sole intention of getting drunk.

Research by the charity Developing Patient Partnerships revealed that 24 per cent of all young adults drink alcohol purely in order to get inebriated.

Of those aged 18 to 24, 59 per cent drink to get drunk, while 43 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds do the same.

The IAS report, which was funded by the European Commission, follows repeated warnings by medical experts that Britain is in the grip of a binge-drinking epidemic.

The figures will fuel fears that the NHS is sitting on a 'timebomb' of health-related problems, with doctors predicting that the number of illnesses caused by binge-drinking will soar over the next decade.

According to the IAS study, which drew on research from 2003, 29 per cent of girls binge-drink in Britain, compared with 26 per cent of boys.

Conversely, in 1999 the figures stood at 33 per cent for boys and 27 per cent for girls.

New research carried out by the IAS also revealed that British adults are the third worst in Europe for binge-drinking, with adults drinking to excess around once every 13 days - about four times as much as the Italians.

Adults in the UK drink to excess an average of 28 times a year - topped only by the Finns and the Irish and spend more on alcohol than most other Europeans, behind only Ireland and Denmark.

The report calls for Governments to take stronger action to intervene and regulate the alcohol market.

It estimates that using taxation to raise the price of alcohol by just 10 per cent within the EU's 15 wealthiest member states would save 9,000 lives within one year, as well as generating nearly £9 billion in excise duty.

Dr Peter Anderson, lead author of the report, said: "What really makes the need for action so urgent is that we know 'what works' in reducing this toll.

"What we need now is just to get on with it."

Earlier this year Professor Ian Gilmore, a leading liver specialist, said the cheap and wide-availability of alcohol was fuelling a health crisis reminiscent of William Hogarth's Gin Lane.

Selling alcohol 'next to bread and milk' was encouraging drinking at home and driving the damage to health, just as much as binge-drinking in pubs and bars, he warned.

Professor Gilmore, who is also chair of the Royal College of Physicians Alcohol Committee, said yesterday: "The College strongly supports the conclusion that Governments have a responsibility to intervene, and that regulation of the alcohol market through price and availability, has the greater capability to reduce harm."

Srabani Sen, chief executive of Alcohol Concern said yesterday: "This report paints a stark picture of the true impact of alcohol misuse across the European Union.

"Far too many lives are lost to alcohol misuse, and yet the evidence suggests that many of these deaths could be prevented if governments, including our own, took a few simple steps."

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It's never one reason....

Ignorance of their own health, low self-esteem, peer pressure, media advertising and lower morality (due to the country becoming richer)

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