An alarming survey has revealed that almost half of all young people drink alcohol with the intention of getting drunk.
Aasma Day finds out more about the findings by Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards team.
Regrets are one of the biggest after effects of drinking too much, and can last far longer than a hangover.
A survey carried out by the county’s trading standards team, which involved 3,500 people aged between 14 and 17, has revealed 45 per cent of young people drink with the intention of getting drunk, and 38 per cent have admitted they do not feel in control when drunk.
A quarter of young people questioned also confessed they regretted sex after drinking.
And 23 per cent reported being violent or involved in a fight while drunk, while 12 per cent said they had been in a car with a driver who had been drinking.
Health chiefs at Lancashire County Council are reminding parents and young people about the dangers of drinking too much.
However, they say it is important not to label young people as “binge drinkers”, as the study also found 38 per cent of young people do not drink at all – an increase on 20 per cent in 2011.
County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing (pictured below), says: “I hear a lot of people saying that most young people drink too much – but this is not the case.
“These figures show that fewer young people in Lancashire now drink compared to 2011, so it is important that they’re not labelled as binge drinkers.
“The damaging effects of alcohol are well known and as well as being bad for your health, it can cause young people to do something they may regret later.
“We don’t want to spoil people’s fun – we just want to encourage parents to keep an eye on their children and businesses to always ask those who look 25 or under for ID to prevent sales of alcohol to anyone under the age of 18.”
Coping with the effects of alcohol abuse, either on young people themselves or those close to them, can be difficult, and Lancashire County Council provides a service called “The Line”, which aims to give young people help and advice.
County Coun Ali explains: “We want to encourage the hundreds of children who are affected by a parent or carer who has an alcohol problem to get in touch.
“These issues are often swept under the carpet, but if you want to talk and don’t know where to turn for help, you can text The Line and one of our support team will help.”
Young People can access The Line by texting 07786 511111.