The BBC lead saying that UK young people are among worst for drink. They quote Professor Martin Plant saying:
“There is a clear scientific consensus that alcohol education and mass media campaigns have a very poor track record in influencing drinking habits.”
Meanwhile, as part of their School Report, a young reporter has been doing her own survey:
Thirty per cent say they don’t drink, 5% considered themselves to be “addicted” to drink and 15% of the participants drank for “popularity”.
Many teenagers obviously think that is it “cool” to drink just so that they can get in with “The Popular Crowd”.
The Times also mention Professor Plant and say:
Scientists have renewed calls for a minimum price for alcoholic drinks after a study found that British teenagers are still among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.
The Guardian also focus on the issue of alcohol, and include a quote from Don Shenker, Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern, who says:
Not only are UK children getting drunk more often than most of their European peers, they’re drinking larger amounts when they do. These figures show that the widespread practice of binge drinking in the UK has now filtered down to school-age children.
The Telegraph follow the pack and report:
More than one in four British teens said that they had binged at least three times in the past month, the survey found.
Britain also came third in the number of teenagers who admitted drinking over the previous month, 33 per cent, behind only Denmark and the Isle of Man.
Asked what the consequences of drinking were, British teenagers were the only ones to rate it overall as a positive experience.
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