Alcohol abuse up among youngsters

Alcohol consumption levels among youngsters aged between 15 and 24 are "alarmingly high" according to the latest health poll conducted by the Scientific Institute for Public Health (WIV), De Standaard reports. It turns out that 20 per cent of the men drinks "a lot" at least once a week, which means 6 glasses of alcohol or more. The figure is 10 per cent among young females.

Alcohol consumption is being considered as "risky" as from 6 glasses on a single occasion. 19 per cent of the male respondents admitted drinking 6 glasses of alcohol or more within 2 hours at least once a week.

This figure is up from 12 per cent in 2008 and 14 per cent in 2013. Binge drinking remains a cause for concern, although there are big regional differences. Figures for Wallonia (29 per cent) are almost double the figures for Flanders (15 per cent) with Brussels at 5 per cent.

While youngsters drink a lot on the same occasion, this is better spread among more mature adults, who also drink alcohol at a slower pace. One last statistic: 13 per cent of the Belgian population says that he or she has never touched a drop of alcohol, that's about 1 in 8 people. 

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