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Boredom increases alcohol use in teens

5th August 2009

A survey by a charity has indicated that many British teenagers turn to alcohol to relieve boredom.


Drinkaware polled 1,071 young people and found that 8% of the 16 and 17 year olds questioned drank at least once a week simply because they were bored while 29% admitted they had drunk alcohol out of boredom at some point.

The organisation fears that 61% of people in that age group will drink alcohol over the summer and it emerged that if they were given £20 to spend they would be most likely to spend it on drink.

The findings come as a separate survey of more 1,000 teachers, nurses, doctors, police and public health consultants - carried out by Alcohol Concern, the UK Faculty of Public Health, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Physicians - showed that many of those want tougher rules on the sale of alcohol.

Drinkaware chief executive Chris Sorek said: "It is really important that 16 and 17 year olds don't unintentionally put themselves at risk when they drink alcohol.

"Drinking can increase the chances of either being the victim or a perpetrator of a crime and having unprotected sex leading to sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

"If young people are drinking they should eat something beforehand, space their alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks, look after their mates and, if they're out, plan how they're going to get home."

The charity Alcohol Concern, said drinking among young people was a significant problem.


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Article Information

Title: Boredom increases alcohol use in teens
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12382
Date Added: 5th Aug 2009


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