50 percent of 15-year-olds get drunk regularly

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Alcohol consumption: About 50 percent of 15-year-old adolescents are regularly drunk. Alcohol consumption is actually only allowed for adolescents from the age of 16, high-proof alcoholic beverages even only from the age of 18. Nevertheless, more than half of young people up to the age of 13 have already drunk alcohol. A third of all 10 to 18 year olds get drunk more than twice a month. This emerges from a study presented on Monday by the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Half of the 15-year-olds regularly drink large amounts of alcohol On behalf of the DAK, the scientists from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg asked around 4,000 schoolchildren at 17 schools in seven federal states about their alcohol consumption. One of the frightening results: the starting age for alcohol consumption is often already twelve years and by the age of 13 more than half of the boys and girls have already drunk alcohol. With increasing age, the amount of alcohol consumed and the frequency of drinking increase. According to the results of the study, one in two of the 15-year-olds regularly consumes large amounts of alcohol. Overall, two thirds of all students between the ages of 10 and 18 have already drunk alcohol, with 37 percent of those questioned consuming drinks such as beer or wine at least once a week. According to the scientists, around a third of all students get drunk at least three times a month.

High school students drink alcohol more often than others. The study also showed that overall results vary widely depending on the type of school. High school students clearly consume the most alcohol, whereby "a risk factor (...) is obviously the school stress experienced", said the project manager of Leuphana University, Silke Rupprecht. 46 percent of regular alcohol users among high school students said that they felt “high pressure to perform”. More than a third of the high school students drink alcohol regularly, whereas only about a quarter of the main, real and regional students do so.

Binge drinking a serious problem for adolescents "The current results show that alcohol is already part of everyday life for many young students," commented Cornelius Erbe from the DAK on the statements of the study. According to the expert, the so-called binge drinking is a serious problem. 43 percent of the students surveyed stated that they had drunk five glasses or bottles of beer, schnapps or mixed drinks in succession at least once during the study period and a third of them said that they had crashed more than three times during the same period due to excessive alcohol consumption by DAK expert Cornelius Erbe is a very worrying development, especially since intoxication is becoming increasingly popular with increasing age - 60 percent of 16-year-olds have gotten drunk at least once, and the average age of first-time consumption is scarce, according to the study results p 16 years old, but more than half of the boys and girls tried alcohol up to the age of 13. Every tenth twelve-year-old boy consumes alcohol every week.

The addiction potential and health risk of children and adolescents is often underestimated. As children and adolescents have a hard time estimating the addiction potential of alcohol and their organism is particularly susceptible to regular alcohol consumption, the study results should be a warning sign for all parents and educators. Because the children's nervous system is more sensitive than that of an adult and a child can become unconscious from just 0.5 per alcohol in the blood. And since children have far less body mass, the amount of alcohol consumed causes a significantly higher blood alcohol content much faster. Already small amounts of alcohol can be fatal and the so-called intoxication poses a risk that should not be underestimated for the adolescents. Since the alcohol is consumed here in a very short period of time, the typical state of intoxication in the early stages is often missing and the adolescents are suddenly massively drunk, so that a correspondingly bad crash often follows. (fp, 11.10.2010)

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