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  • Underage girls lead the way in binge drinking

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on May 8, 2011

    According to a report commissioned by Demos, teenage girls from the United Kingdom lead the way for binge drinking, compared with other teenagers in the Western world. Half the girls taking part in the study admitted to being drunk or more than two occasions. In other developed countries, 29 percent of teenagers have been drunk at least twice, less than half their British counterparts.

    The study also revealed that UK girls drink more than boys, with 44 percent of teenage boys admitting to being drunk more than once. Binge drinking is defined as having more than six drinks in one session. In a period of ten years, the number of teenage girls binge drinking has risen from 17 percent to 27 percent.

    Demos also carried out a survey of 500 UK girls aged between 16 and 19, as part of the report. This discovered that 84 percent of girls are worried about being able to get the job they want in the future, while 81 percent worry about exam results. A lack of money is a worry for more than three quarters of girls this age, while 38 percent display anxiety about finding a partner.

    When asked what would make girls happier, 27 percent said that having more cash to spend would make them happiest. Just behind with 26 percent was having a better relationship with their boyfriend. The report will set out recommendations for a youth policy which will give empowerment to young women.