British teen girls the worst drinkers
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:51:28 GMT
A study has found that British teenage girls consume alcohol twice more than female teenagers in other Western countries.
According to a research by YouGov, fifty percent of the 15-year-old girls in Britain confessed that they have been drunk not less than twice, which is two times more than the average percentage in other Western countries.
The research has also found that a fourth of 16- and 17-year-old girls claimed that they drank alcohol to enjoy themselves.
The more shocking result is with the 13-year-old girls, one in three of them has been drunk twice, which is regarded as the highest rate in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that includes European and North American countries.
The report reveals that this sudden jump in the number of UK teenage girls interested in drinking alcohol has got the socio-political basis. The girls claimed that they'd like to get positive consequences from drinking in order to feel relaxe and to forget their problems.
Over a quarter of the British teenage girls said that they had an accident or got injured after they got drunk.
Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said that the fall of traditional families “has left young women deprived of the moral direction they need.”
“Heavy drinking is often resorted to as an escape mechanism when people feel they cannot cope with the pressures they are subjected to. It is a problem which needs to be set in the context of high levels of family breakdown which have left growing numbers of young people without the support of both a father and a mother and wider family networks,” he said.