This just one of the shocking facts that has come out of the London Assembly’s Health & Public Services Committee report into youth problem drinking “Too much, too young?”.
I have chaired the committee’s work in this area over the last 10 months and we have completed the first comprehensive assessment of young London’s drinking habits, the news isn’t good.
11-15 year olds drink the equivalent of 180,000 bottles of beer each week, more than a third of 11-21 year olds drink regularly compared to one in five who did so in 1996-1999. Young women and girls are catching up with the drinking habits of boys with the number alcohol related hospital admissions for 11-21 year old women more than tripling since 2002.
It’s not all bad news, Bexley council have shown that tough licencing enforcement and good relations with police and alcohol retailers have seen a significant reduction in underage drinking and Croydon are launching a Community Alcohol Partnership to reduce the problem in New Addington.
A copy of the draft report can be found at the committee’s website.
Some of the coverage of the report’s findings: