A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that UK teenage girls are among the worst drunks in the world.
The international survey also found that girls of age 15 years are more likely to have been drunk than boys in the UK. Almost 50% of teen girls in the UK reported drunkenness, which is thrice the level reported in France.
"The difference in the UK is the high level of risk taking," says report co-author, Dominic Richardson, adding that teen pregnancy was also rife. "It shows that tackling child poverty is not a magic bullet. Children who are from well-off homes can still have problems," he explained.
However the survey of 24 OECD countries did find that youth in UK enjoy a "high quality of school life".