It has probably at least doubled since 1990 in the UK. I quote the following:
Amid growing concerns over 24-hour drinking, soaring rates of liver disease and police forces unable to cope with drunken disturbances on the streets, an exclusive Independent on Sunday investigation today reveals the dramatic rise in children admitted to hospital because of alcohol-related illnesses.
The biggest increase is seen among girls under 16 years old, with a 25 per cent increase between 2002/03 and 2004/05. And the problem is getting worse: hospital admissions for under-18s are at their highest since records began, and the average amount children are drinking every week has doubled since 1990.
Professor Mark Bellis, director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University and a government adviser on alcohol-related issues, said: "The numbers of underage drinkers in hospital for alcohol-related conditions are substantial but it is only the tip of the iceberg. Many more children are admitted for problems not recorded as alcohol. The admissions include everything from being involved in violence to teenage pregnancies. For every one youth admitted due to alcohol consumption there are many more whose health suffers through excessive alcohol consumption."
The ages of children admitted to hospital for alcohol-related problems are getting lower. The number of eight-year-old-boys who drink has doubled from 5 per cent in 1995 to 10 per cent in 2005. The number of 11-year-old girls who drink has increased from 15 per cent in 1995 to 25 per cent in 2005. Many experts believe country is in the grip of a hidden epidemic - one that, like alcoholics themselves, the country is in denial about.
From an " Independent on Sunday " newspaper report published Sunday, 18 February 2007.
Major factors influencing this increase appear to be:
(a) easy 24 hour availability of cheap alcohol from supermarkets;
(b) boredom: - with "nothing else to do" being frequently quoted as a factor among adolescents who have been severely deprived of opportunities to participate in organized activities (e.g. sports; outdoor pursuits; youth groups) due to Health and Safety issues that have reduced many once popular pastimes to near zero, since the mid 1990's.
Best wishes - Majikthise.
[ 27 years as voluntary youth leader until resigned in 1998 due to Health & Safety issues ]
I know my personal drinking has doubled since the '90s. Considering I was only 6 when the decade ended. But seriously, I don't think it has doubled. I think awareness of it has doubled. I'm not a "drinker" though I know people who are, but I no a lot who have never even tasted alcohol.
Honestly I dont think so, I think there may be more documented cases though.
Link to quoted article:
i just got back kfrom an underage drinking party ahha :P
Not unless you count the unreported cases.
It sounds very believable...
I could believe that...
Yes, I do.