Schoolgirls the biggest binge drinkers

Auckland Now 13 Nov 2012
Senior secondary school girls are now bigger binge drinkers than their male counterparts, according to a health report into the country’s drinking habits. With the bigger boozing culture, females are also doing themselves more harm and risking their health. The hard-hitting report into the female drinking culture was released at an alcohol harm conference in Auckland today. The percentage of females aged 16 and 17 binge-drinking on a typical night out tripled from nine to 28 per cent between 1995 and 2011. For males of the same age, the percentage increased from 19 to 25 per cent. Binge-drinking has dropped among 18 and 19-year-old males from 30 to 29 per cent. However, for the same age group of females, the proportion of binge-drinkers increased from four to 16 per cent. Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams said teenage girls who were binge-drinking risked establishing bad drinking habits for life.
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