15-year-olds admit high alcohol use
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.