One in five Brit pupils drinking six pints a week    2008-07-18 07:41:52    

London, July 18 : Most of the schoolchildren in Britain are downing six pints of beer a week, shows an official report.
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.

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.

"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." (ANI)
© 2007 ANI

TAGS: World-news   

Gambia confirms exit from Glasgow-hosted Commonwealth Games

Following Gambia's sudden withdrawal last week from the Commonwealth of Nations, the country confirmed today they have withdrawn from the Glasgow-hosted Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place next year. This leaves 70 countries and territories competing in the Games.

CFPB records fewer complaints in early days of US government shutdown

Unlike some parts of the US Federal Government, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been open during the federal government shutdown and recording a record-low number of complaints submitted by consumers against mortgage companies, credit card companies, student loan providers, banks, money transfer providers, companies who provide credit reports, and other companies providing consumer loans.

Walgreens helps developing countries with up to 3 million life saving vaccines
16.Sep 2013
The largest drugstore chain in the U.S. has made a commitment of providing up

Miss America Pageant Crowns First Indian-American Winner
16.Sep 2013
Nina Davuluri of New York state has won the 2014 Miss America pageant in

Haunted attractions in Texas prepare for 2013 Halloween season
16.Sep 2013
With Halloween approaching, numerous haunted attractions all over Texas are

WikiLeaks Trial of US Soldier to Begin

Scores Killed in China Slaughterhouse Fire

Highly preserved mammoth presents scientists with blood sample Highly preserved mammoth presents sci

House Approves $982B Budget to Fund US Government

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dies aged 58