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Old 17-04-2012, 11:42 AM
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There are all sorts of myths 'out there' about young people and drinking - but the facts are often very different from the fiction:-
The statistics

A report by Fuller, published in 2008 by the National Centre for Social Research, National Foundation for Educational Research, found that by the time most young people reach 15, more than eight out of 10 have already tried alcohol. Despite this, the number of teenagers who partake in underage drinking has actually declined in recent years. However, those who do drink are consuming more alcohol, more often.

In England, the proportion of young people aged 11-15 who reported having drunk alcohol decreased from six out of 10 to five out of 10, between 1988 and 2007. However, the amount they reported drinking increased from just over six units per week in 1994 to close to 13 units per week in 2007.

The largest increase was seen in 14 year olds, whose reported alcohol consumption rose from around six to just under 10 units per week.

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