British teenagers are among the worst binge drinkers in Europe, with girls more likely to get drunk than boys, claim researchers. A European survey reveals ‘chronic’ drinking problems in 15 and 16-year-olds, which leads to rifts with parents, unplanned pregnancies and injuries. The survey found more than half of teenagers in the UK have been binge-drinking in the past month – defined as five or more drinks on any one occasion. One in three admitted getting drunk in the past month – the third highest rate teenagers my chemical romance mp3 Denmark and the Isle of Man.
And only in Iceland, Norway and Sweden are girls more likely to binge drink . Binge drinking was first highlighted as more prevalent in girls during research carried out in 2003. The latest survey of 35 countries is the biggest study yet of drinking, smoking and drug habits among teenagers. Last night head researcher Professor Martin Plant, from the University of the West of England, insisted the price of alcohol must rise to protect those drinking at harmful levels. Just last week the Government’s chief medical officer proposed a 50p minimum for a unit of alcohol in a bid to end supermarket discount deals. A price rise is expected to save 3,000 lives a year.
Professor Plant said: ‘The UK retains its unenviable position in relation to both binge- drinking, intoxication and alcohol-related problems amongst teenagers. This problem is both serious and chronic. I hope that the Government will prioritise policies that are effective to reduce heavy drinking and alcohol-related disorder and health problems amongst young people. There is a clear scientific-consensus that alcohol education and mass media campaigns have a very poor track record in influencing drinking habits.
Far more effective policies include using taxation to make alcohol less affordable. Many people whose alcohol consumption is generally moderate also experience some adverse effects from their drinking. The survey, which included 1,004 boys and 1,175 girls from the UK, found 18 per cent of teenagers said their drinking had caused problems with their parents, compared with just 3 per cent where drugs were involved. More teenagers in the UK than nearly anywhere else expected ‘positive consequences’ from drinking. But drinking caused one in four to have an accident, while 11 per cent said they had ‘regretted sex’ while drunk and 11 per cent had unprotected sex. Professor Plant said: ‘It is clearly no longer socially unacceptable for females to drink heavily or to become intoxicated. Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘Labour are neglecting a forgotten generation of teenagers.