A new report compiled by the Department of Health reveals that British teenage girls were more likely to indulge in binge drinking compared to any other country.
Researchers at Department of Health made use of data from the 2007 European School Survey project on Alcohol and other Drugs which revealed that over 55 percent of British girls drank five or more drinks at least once in a month. This figure was ahead of the girls in Portugal, Malta and Estonia.
The report also warned that binge drinking among boys too is very common with 52 percent of the boys drinking five or more drinks at least once a month but Britain came behind Malta and Estonia where 62 percent and 60 percent of boys indulged in binge drinking.
Stating that the high prevalence of drinking is giving rise to crimes, the report said, "In a recent study, 66 per cent of 17- to 30-year-olds arrested in a city in England claimed to have pre-loaded before a night out, with pre-loaders two-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in violence than other drinkers. This has contributed to a fifth of all violent incidents in or around a pub or club."