Binge drinking is in the news a lot these days, and government figures show that it's on the increase among teenagers.
Recent figures have shown that four out of ten students in year 10 and half of students in year 11 have carried out binge drinking, consuming five or more alcoholic drinks in one session. According to other research, 50% of 15 to 16 year-olds have participated in binge drinking. Another report showed that 44% of 18 to 24-year-olds are regular binge drinkers.
Alcohol related accidents have risen by 52 per cent over the last decade - 1 in 10 involve underage drinkers, according to NHS figures. Young people are being admitted to hospital for a range of illnesses, from alcohol poisoning to mental and behavioural problems.
As well as mental effects, alcohol also severely affects you physically - leading to skin, liver, heart and co-ordination problems in the future. It can also bring you in contact with crime - alcohol is a factor in 33% of burglaries and 50% of street crime. Alcohol is often a cause of fights and accidents.