British girls are worst binge drinkers26th April 2011
A new report suggests that teenage girls in Britain have the worst drinking culture in the western world.
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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Title: British girls are worst binge drinkers
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 18295
Date Added: 26th Apr 2011