Young people are drinking more now than they used to. Studies have shown that young people are drinking more per drinking session and having more sessions per week than they did ten years ago.
Recent drink fashions such as alcopops and also shot promotions have raised important issues around the packaging and promotion of alcohol for a younger market. It is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18, but more and more young people seem to be getting into trouble with their drinking.
Moderate your drinking
Drinking alcohol in moderation is not usually a problem. It can become a problem when heavy drinking and drunkenness become frequent and this style of use is continued into later life. Normally, as people get older, their responsibilities increase and their alcohol use goes down.
Most young people have their first experiences of regular drinking in mid teenage, along with their friends. Young men between 16-25 are the heaviest drinking group in the population.
What amount is safe to drink ?
According to the Department of Health men should not drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day, and women should drink no more than two to three. These benchmarks apply whether you drink every day, once or twice a week, or occasionally. Twice the recommended amount and beyond is classed as 'binge' drinking. Although national figures suggest that binge drinking is slightly in decline, it is very much on the rise among young people. The current licensing laws mean that people - usually young people - will have more hours to drink at pubs and clubs. Some sources think this will lead to even more heavy drinking.