60 per cent of 9 to 11 year olds think it’s ok to drink to forget your problems, survey shows

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18th November 2014 12:45 - Health

A survey commissioned by NHS Cumbria and Cumbria County Council has shown that 60% of children aged 9 to 11 think that drinking to forget your troubles is normal.

The findings also revealed that over a quarter (27%) of secondary school children have consumed alcohol in the last week.

The results of the survey have alerted Cumbria County Council to an increasingly relaxed attitude towards alcohol consumption by youths. As a result, Cumbria County Council are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of alcohol, in conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Week.

Another survey of 14-17 year olds living in the North West, has revealed that almost three in five (57%) think getting drunk is okay, 37% drink with the intention of getting drunk and more than half (54%) actively binge drink.

Although drinking excess alcohol is regularly linked with serious long-term health complaints, 40% of those surveyed were not worried about the risks.

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