Survey shows young people want more alcohol education

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

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Related tags: Nutrition, Alcohol abuse, Drinking culture

A new poll shows young people think the level of binge drinking in the UK is exaggerated by the media
A new poll shows young people think the level of binge drinking in the UK is exaggerated by the media
Almost 90% of 18-24 year olds agree that education on the effects of alcohol should be integrated into the National Curriculum, according to new research.

The new survey focusing on health and lifestyle, which was carried out by c1,000 16-24 year-olds in the UK in August through consultancy firm Voxburner Panel, also found that 55% believe binge drinking is exaggerated by the media in the UK.

It showed that when ordering food 58% were most likely to check calorie content, which 61% of females are most likely to check calories compared to 45% of men.

This is followed by a third checking sugar levels and 35% checking fat levels.

At the same time, 56% disagree that the Government should tax sugary foods.

Luke Mitchell, head of insight at Voxburner, said: “Is this the healthiest youth generation of all time? Once regarded as a demographic that paid little attention to body wellness, today the majority of young people are in good health and show both awareness of health concerns and a desire to be fit and healthy.”

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the healthiest generation of youth?

Posted by Helena conibear Director The Alcohol Education Trust,

Our talkaboutalcohol programmse for 11-1 18 year olds is used in more than 1000 schools across the country and we would be the fist to agree that teenagers today drink less, smoke less and use less drugs than ten or even five years ago. This is not to belittle the issues around drunkeness and risk taking that our youngsters face, but part of our job is to convince teachers that most teenagers do not go out to get drunk, so their job is much more than damage limitation - and that parents are key as the main suppliers of alcohol and in knowing where their kids are and who they are with.

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