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Alcohol drinking rates among young people goes down in UK: HSCIC

DBR Staff Writer Published 27 July 2012

Alcohol drinking rates among young individuals aged between 11-15 years in the UK has gone down, according to a report by The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), a UK-based central, authoritative source of health and social care information for frontline decision makers.

The report 'Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England, 2011' was based on a survey conducted by NHS on 6,519 pupils in 219 schools throughout England in 2011.

According to the report, the rate of young individuals preferring alcohol has gown down from 61% in 2001 to 45% in 2011. Also, the proportion of children drinking frequently fell from 20% in 2001 to 7% in 2011.

HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said the report shows that pupils appear to be leading an increasingly clean-living lifestyle and are less likely to take drugs as well as cigarettes and alcohol.

"All this material will be of immense interest to those who work with young people and aim to steer them towards a healthier way of life," Straughan added.