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One in four teens admits to binge drinking

A new survey commissioned by the ISPCC shows that almost one in 10 teenagers say their parents’ drinking negatively affects them.

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A QUARTER OF OVER 9,700 TEENAGERS interviewed for an ISPCC survey said they had been binge-drinking in the fortnight before the survey.

The survey, conducted by the National Children’s Consultation, explores the behaviour and attitudes of 12- to 18-year-olds towards teen and parental alcohol use.

One-fifth of teens said they believe it’s ok to drink more than five drinks in one sitting, however only 9% thought it was alright for adults to do so.

30% of those questioned said they thought it was acceptable for teenagers to drink and 19% said they had been drunk in the past month.

The majority of youths (79%) said parents should not drink and get drunk in front of their children, and 9% said they were hugely affected in a negative way by their parents’ drinking. The survey report says that the general consensus among those interviewed was that it would be far more beneficial for young people to be shown how to drink responsibly or in moderation.

Read the survey results in full >

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