A study carried out by the University of Bristol has revealed that there is a link between alcohol use amongst adolescents in the UK and exposure to alcohol in films.
The research found that youngsters with the highest exposure to alcohol use in films were 1.2 times more likely to have tried alcohol and 1.7 times more likely to binge drink than those who were least exposed. Unbelievably, it was also discovered that they are at least twice as likely to drink weekly and have alcohol-related problems.
Despite the fact that in the UK it’s illegal to purchase alcohol before the age of 18, a significant proportion of youngsters have admitted to having consumed alcohol to harmful levels by even adult standards by the time they were just 15 years old.
The number and proportion of those who have drunk alcohol at least once has been shown to increase with age and girls were also shown to be more likely to have been drunk than boys. Unbelievably, 12% of children have had a drink before the age of 11 and this dramatically increases to 74% by the time youngsters hit the age of 15. Because of this statistic, the UK ranks highly amongst the worst offenders in Europe for underage drinking activity.
The authors of the study have commented that their findings support the argument that a review of film-rating categories and alcohol ratings for all films may help to reduce problem-related alcohol consumption in young people.
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