UK KIDS GETTING DRUNK IS ON THE RISE – Figures are being released as to the number of UK kids who are taking to regular drinking and getting drunk. In what is an alarming report nearly 500,000 kids, between the ages of 11 and 15, have to been reported as drunk in the last year along.
The Government have been called upon to curb this worrying trend of alcohol abuse by our children which can only lead to problems later in life, including the rise in liver related disease caused by alcohol consumption.
In a extensive study charity groups and foundations reported that children between the ages of 11 and 17 are now consuming over 20 million units of alcohol per week and that many of them are drinking until they are intoxicated.
The North of England, where the country is poorer, appears to have the worst of the problems with alcohol abuse among those under the age of 18 years old.
In just the last 10 years the number of deaths from liver disease has risen at an alarming rate of over 25%; a trend that is directly resulted to the increase consumption of alcohol among the young and adults.
While the Government sit idle the problems are growing. David Cameron recently refused recommendations for a minimum price for alcohol, angering doctors and parent groups.
In another related survey by the medical profession it released data that showed that over 1 million people in the UK are now dependent on alcohol and this figure is set to rise as our children more frequently take to the bottle.
Many organisations are looking to the Government to take action as the number of alco-pops grows on the supermarket shelves. While many, especially the young, feel these are harmless sugary drinks, some contain over 5% alcohol volumes, which is equivalent to most bottled beer brands.