15-year-olds ad­mit high al­co­hol use

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE find­ings of a na­tional sur­vey have re­vealed high lev­els of al­co­hol con­sump­tion by 15-year-olds in Cheshire East, with teenage girls in par­tic­u­lar re­port­ing much higher lev­els of al­co­hol use than else­where in the coun­try.

The ‘What About Youth Study’, which ques­tioned thou­sands of 15-year-olds, found that 10 per cent of girls in Cheshire East are drink­ing al­co­hol reg­u­larly, with 24pc say­ing they have been drunk in the past four weeks.

Both fig­ures are higher than the na­tional av­er­age, with 6pc of girls drink­ing reg­u­larly and 18pc ad­mit­ting be­ing drunk in the last month.

Boys in Cheshire East also re­ported higher than av­er­age lev­els of al­co­hol con­sump­tion for Eng­land, with 8pc drink­ing reg­u­larly and 14.5pc be­ing drunk in the past month.

Dr Heather Grim­balde­ston, di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Health for Cheshire East, said: “Ex­ces­sive drink­ing leads to a range of se­ri­ous long-term phys­i­cal and men­tal health prob­lems for our teenagers, par­tic­u­larly girls, as well as leav­ing them vul­ner­a­ble to vi­o­lence and sex as­saults.

“We have a num­ber of ser­vices around Cheshire East where young peo­ple and/or their par­ents can get in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and sup­port on al­co­hol con­sump­tion.”

Cheshire East sub­stance mis­use ser­vice, Step­ping Stones, sup­ports par­ents and car­ers who have con­cerns about ei­ther their child’s or their own al­co­hol abuse.

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