A new study released by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development has revealed that people with higher socioeconomic status and higher levels of education — mostly men — tend to be the biggest drinkers. The study also found that women of higher socioeconomic class and higher education level, as well as men of the opposite status (low socioeconomic class and low education level), are most likely to engage in risky behavior and hazardous drinking.
Because the OECD also takes a look at growth and development of the countries included in the study, economic and health factors were also taken into consideration. The report noted alcohol’s harmful impacts and can cost a country’s economic growth approximately 1%. It also noted that “young people under age 15 are drinking more. The number of girls under 15 who have been drunk rose from 26% to 41% between 2001 and 2010. For boys, the number went from 30% to 43%. A survey of U.S. high school seniors found that a fifth of them had reported binge drinking (defined as five drinks in the U.S.).”
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