Brits 'more likely to get drunk'

Young people in the UK are more likely to have been drunk by the age of 13 than those in almost any other country, according to a study.

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Alcohol Concern: Price of alcohol influences drinking habits

This report is further proof of the impact cheap alcohol is having on the health and wellbeing of our young people.

They have told us loud and clear that the way in which alcohol is priced influences the way they drink. We also know that our young people are more likely to have experienced being drunk by the age of 13 than their peers in almost any other European country.

This survey shows just how urgent action on minimum unit pricing is and we're calling on the Government to set a 50p minimum unit price without delay.

– Tom Smith, Alcohol Concern's programme policy manager

Young Brits 'more likely to get drunk'

Young people in the UK are more likely to have been drunk by the age of 13 than those in almost any other country.

Young British people are more likely to get drunk than almost any other nation. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

A report showed that those between 15 and 16 are more likely to have been drunk at least once in the last month than their counterparts, while young people agree that "drinking to get drunk" is the defining feature of their relationship with alcohol.

Only Estonia, Malta and the Isle of Man have recorded higher figures, the survey for the charity Alcohol Concern found.

The study also revealed that 63% of 16 to 24-year-olds agree that cheap alcohol promotions encourage excessive drinking, while 61% say that advertising which associates alcohol with having fun influences expectations of drinking or being drunk.

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