Friday, 11 May, 2007 Health & Fitness

Alcohol Consumption at Home Can Prevent Binge Drinking


Parents may prevent their teenage children to buy boose by consuming alcohol with them at home. This statement was made after a survey of 10,000 teenagers. The survey, which took place in UK, backs the continental style of early introduction of limited amount of alcoholic drinks to the teenagers.

Thus, according to the study made by academics together with trading standard officers, parents who don't want their children to drink boose behind their back, need to limit the weekly amount of pocket money to less than 10 pounds. Scientists state that teenagers who buy alcohol behind their parent's back are 6 times as likely to consume it in public places, 3 times as likely to become regular drinkers and twice as likely to turn into binge drinkers.

The report on the study wants the government to take steps towards preventing the marketing of alcoholic drinks to teenagers. It also asks to crack down those shops that sell boose to underaged teenagers. Statistics show that 40 percent of 15 and 16 year old teens, who consume alcohol, bought their own drink.

The study analyzed the situation in 130 schools in the north-western part of England. There were more than ten thousand questioners gathered from 15 and 16 year old pupils. The final results show that girls who live in the socially deprived areas and get the most pocket money each week were more likely to consume alcohol irresponsibly. They drank 5 units at a time, with a frequency of more than two times a week and in public places.

About 90 percent of pupils consumed alcohol at least once in 6 months and 40 percent among them binged regularly. 25 % pupils drank frequently and half of the participants at the survey drank in public. Those pupils who did all three mentioned above bought alcohol whether by themselves or through their friends. However, those who drank together with their parents and at the same time received less than 10 pounds of weekly pocket money behaved better.

Another research on the issue have shown that the biggest problems linked with teenage drinking occur when the consume of alcohol takes place in public. This issues, however, does not occur very frequently in such countries as France and Italy, because youngsters typically drink with their parents during mealtimes.

"The drinks industry has a major role to play in cutting down alcohol purchasing by underaged drinkers," outlined a spokesman for Alcohol Concern.

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