Although alcohol use in developed countries has gone down over the last couple of decades, binge drinking among young people has seen a significant increase. The study out of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development explains that both boys and girls under the age of 15 saw a jump in the proportion of those who have been drunk, and regular binge drinking has also risen across most countries.
“The OECD warned that binge drinking by the young is a “major public health and social concern,” with children taking up drinking at increasingly earlier ages. Harmful consumption of alcohol now accounts for a higher proportion of deaths worldwide than HIV, AIDS, violence and tuberculosis combined, the report said. Among boys aged 15 and younger, the proportion who have been drunk rose to 43 percent from 30 percent during the 2000s, while for girls the share rose to 41 percent from 26 percent, the OECD said.”
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