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Statistics on Alcohol: England, 2009

The Information Centre have published their annalysis of drinking in England which has gathered some media interest.

Their statistics on children and young people are drawn largely from the annual survey of school pupils that the Information Centre publish, the most recently published was carried out in 2007.  Readers may remember we took a look at these when they were published and produced this summary.

However, the new report reminds us about young people’s attitudes towards alcohol, pointing out:

Girls were slightly more likely than boys to agree that ‘People of my age drink to be sociable with friends’ (73% and 66% respectively). More than half of both boys and girls agreed that young people drink because of pressure from friends (56% of girls and 53% of boys). Girls were more likely than boys to agree that young people drink because it gives them confidence (52% and 36% respectively) and because they are bored (43% and 37% respectively). Only around a quarter agreed that young people drink because it helps them relax (25% of girls and 23% of boys).

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