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Report On Underage Drinking In The U.K.

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Report On Underage Drinking In The U.K Underage drinking in the UK has doubled in the last decade. This is a major problem for organisations such as the NHS as it costs them �2.9 million per year to treat patients as young as 15 who have alcohol related illnesses. The UK not only has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies but also the highest rate of underage drinking in Europe. Clearly the UK should evaluate this serious situation and try to eradicate the increasing rate of underage drinking. In order to understand the problem we must initially investigate what proportion of our younger generation drink underage, how much alcohol is consumed and what types of alcohol they drink? From surveys of the percentage of children who drank in the last week, we find that Boys have the greater need to try alcohol ...read more.


The main alcohol that the majority of youngsters drink are, beer, lager, cider, wine and sprits, which are all easily accessible through your local spars or corner shops. Is drinking among young people increasing? According to the surveys it is, in 1990- 1998 all children new to alcohol said they had tried beer, lager, shandy and spirits, in those same years the children who said they had tried alcohol in the last year had greater percentages, Youngsters who drank beers and lagers was at 71% which is nearly tripled what the percentage of people that didn't drink in the last year, and the same went for spirits at 54%. Among the youngest adolescent the major source of alcohol is the home, or homes of relatives and friends. ...read more.


The most popular places were under 18's try to buy alcohol are pubs, bars and nightclubs and they are normally successful. The reason why underage drinking is becoming more and more common is not due to adult behaviour but a wide Varity of reasons such as individually based reasons e.g. changing mood or coping with stress, Socially based reasons, which are more common, and peer influence, which although including unwanted pressure more generally involves a tacit social expectation that certain kinds of events involve drinking. To conclude underage drinking in the UK is an ever-increasing problem which if not solved fast will soon become a major issue in Britain. With such drinks as cider and alcopops showing their appeal to youngsters as soft drinks, introduces them at a young age. If these children are not stopped fast, alcohol related illnesses will become more frequent and there fore giving a bad image to the UK. ...read more.

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