UK adults get drunk more often than anywhere else in the world | Daily Mail Online

UK adults get drunk more often than anywhere else in the world | Daily Mail Online

Teenage drinking has declined more dramatically in the UK than many other European countries, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report found last year.

A large reduction in weekly alcohol use among adolescents was observed between 2002 and 2014 in the majority of the 36 countries featured in the report.

The largest decline in prevalence for both boys and girls was in England, where spirit and beer consumption has also fallen significantly.

The WHO report, which examines alcohol-related behaviour among 15-year-olds in Europe, was led by researchers at the University of St Andrews.

More than half (50.3 per cent) of teenage boys in England drank weekly in 2002, compared with just 10 per cent in 2014, the research found.

Wales had the second largest drop in prevalence for boys, from 47.6 per cent to 11.8 per cent across the same period.

More than two in five (43.1 per cent) girls in England drank alcohol weekly in 2002, falling to fewer than one in 10 (8.9 per cent) in 2014.

This was the largest decline for girls across the 36 countries, followed by Scotland which saw prevalence drop from 41.1 per cent to 10.7 per cent.

Dr Jo Inchley, lead editor of the report, said: ‘Overall reductions in harmful drinking have been greatest in countries that traditionally have had higher prevalence, such as Great Britain and the Nordic region.

‘This makes it clear that change is possible; however, more should be done to ensure that adolescents are effectively protected from the harms caused by alcohol.’

The largest decreases in beer consumption were observed among 15-year-old boys in Wales, Denmark and England.

Almost two in five (39.7 per cent) boys in England drank beer weekly in 2002, compared with just 7.6 per cent in 2014.

The largest decline in spirit drinking was among teenagers in England, Scotland and Denmark, the report said.

Almost a third (32.8 per cent) of boys and girls in England drank spirits weekly in 2002, dropping to 4.1 per cent by 2014.

Meanwhile, only 28.1 per cent of teenagers said they had been drunk two or more times in their life in 2014.

This compares with more than half (54.9 per cent) 12 years previously. 

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