Alcohol Intake Among Teens On The Rise
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18 October 2010
Alcohol consumption among teenagers in the age group of 15–19 years has increased due to absent parents, easy money, and rising stress and depression, a study says. The study, by the social development foundation of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), says that 45 per cent of intermediate students in metropolitan cities consume alcohol excessively, at least five to six times a month.
The study surveyed over 2,000 teenagers in Pune and other cities like Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Patna, Delhi, Chandigarh and Dehradun. It revealed that liquor consumption was most prevalent in Delhi–National Capital Region and Mumbai followed by Chandigarh and Hyderabad. Most of the surveyed adolescents said they took to drinking out of peer pressure. Others said they resorted to alcohol as they felt it distracted them from their dayto–day problems.
Over 32 per cent of teenagers admitted to drinking when they were upset, and 18 per cent said they drank when alone.
About 15 per cent said they drank when they were bored, while 45 per cent consumed alcohol to "get high".