Alcohol abuse up among youngsters

Alcohol abuse up among youngsters

8th December 2014, Comments 0 comments

Alcohol consumption levels among youngsters aged between 15 and 24 are "alarmingly high" according to the latest health poll conducted by the Scientific Institute for Public Health (WIV), De Standaard reports.

It turns out that 20 percent of young males drink "a lot" at least once a week, which means six glasses of alcohol or more. The figure is 10 percent among young females.

Alcohol consumption is being considered as "risky" as from six glasses on a single occasion. Some 19 percent of the male respondents admitted drinking six glasses of alcohol or more within two hours at least once a week.

This figure is up from 12 percent in 2008 and 14 percent in 2013. Binge drinking remains a cause for concern, although there are big regional differences. Figures for Wallonia (29 percent) are almost double the figures for Flanders (15 percent) with Brussels at 5 percent.

While youngsters drink a lot on the same occasion, this is better spread among more mature adults, who also drink alcohol at a slower pace.

One last statistic: 13 percent of the Belgian population says that he or she has never touched a drop of alcohol, that's about one in eight people. 

 

Flandersnews.be / Expatica

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