UK leads world in under-age drinking

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London, September 2 (ANI): When it comes to binge drinking, British teenagers take the cake as compared to youngsters from anywhere else in the globe, reveals an international survey.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) research found a fifth of 13-year-olds confessed getting boozed up more than once, a figure four times than found in countries like Sweden, the US and the Netherlands.

The report, based on figures taken in 2005 to 2006, also found that teenage girls were more likely to have been drunk than boys, reports the Daily Star.

Half of 15-year-old females in the UK admitted getting drunk, that was treble the number as compared to France.oys, as many as 44 per cent, also confessed having been smashed.

Children's Minister Dawn Prim-arolo said: "It is disappointing to see the UK rated so low for risky behaviour. However, we have introduced a number of initiatives to help teen-agers and their families make informed decisions about their behaviour." (ANI)

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