From Reuters news agency:
Almost half of Britain’s youngsters are drinking in their pre-teen years, fuelling violence and anti-social behavior, a government-backed study said on Wednesday. Drinking was damaging their health and inflating crime figures, it found. The crime prevention charity’s study, commissioned by one of its umbrella groups Positive Futures, also revealed that people were drinking at increasingly younger ages, which it concluded had “serious consequences to health and crime”.
The Home Office-backed Crime Concern study, “Binge drinking: young people’s attitudes and behavior” conducted one-on-one interviews with 1,250 people aged between 10 and 19.
It found that about half of respondents said they had been involved in fighting, violence and aggression as a result of underage drinking.
Almost half said they began drinking aged 13 or younger, almost a third said they drink to get drunk and almost a quarter had been in trouble with the law after drinking.