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British girls are worst binge drinkers

26th April 2011

A new report suggests that teenage girls in Britain have the worst drinking culture in the western world.

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And data collected by YouGov for the think tank Demos suggested this led to rises in teenage pregnancies and bullying.

The number of girls aged 16-24 who could be regarded as binge drinkers rose from 17% to 27% in the last decade.

Findings also revealed half of girls aged 15 admitted they had been drunk at least twice, which was almost double the average for developed countries; and more than 25% of girls aged 16 and 17 drank to make themselves feel happier.

A third of 13-year-old girls had been drunk on at least two occasions.

This was higher than the rate in any other country from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including all of Europe and North America.

Theresa May, Home Secretary and minister for women, said: “These findings are further proof that Labour got it very wrong on alcohol ... our towns and cities have become no-go areas in some places.”

The Demos report, entitled 'Through the Looking Glass', sets out recommendations for a youth policy to empower young women.

It found teenage girls are worried about money, career prospects, doing well in exams, finding a partner and being able to go to university.

Some 500 British females aged 16 to 19 were surveyed. It emerged that teenage girls from lower socio-economic groups were less happy than those from higher socio-economic groups and some also thought themselves a worthless person.

 

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