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One in Five Brit School Kids Drinking Six Pints a Week

by VR Sreeraman on July 20, 2008 at 1:53 PM
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 One in Five Brit School Kids Drinking Six Pints a Week

Most of the schoolchildren in Britain are downing six pints of beer a week, shows an official report.

The report published by the NHS Information Centre reveals that one in five 11 to 15-year-olds in England - 640,000 school pupils - had drunk alcohol in the past week.

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The study found that the average amount consumed by teenagers who had drunk recently was 12.7 units a week, equivalent to six pints of beer or almost a bottle and a half of wine.

The shocking report also disclosed that a quarter of children have taken drugs at least once, and that one in three have smoked cigarettes.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has paved the way for a ban on anyone under 21 buying alcohol in some parts of the city to tackle the crime and antisocial behaviour linked to binge drinking.
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"Where we have got particular problems in particular areas, off-licences and supermarkets should stop the sale of alcohol to the under-21s," Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrats' Shadow Health Secretary, added: "These are shocking figures, reflecting a culture where binge-drinking is truly out of control.

"A child drinking an average of six pints a week is likely to suffer dreadful health consequences later in life."

Source: ANI
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