From the January 2011 magazine.

January 2011: Alcoholism at Large

European teens: rise in drunkenness

The increase rate was higher among girls.

Eastern European teenagers, particularly girls, are closing the drinking gap with their Western European and American counterparts. According to a new study, the number of adolescents in Eastern Europe who reported getting drunk rose by 40 percent between 1998 and 2006. Although the increase was seen in both genders, the rate was higher among girls.

Alcohol use is a major risk factor for illness, injury and death worldwide, especially in adolescence and young adulthood, according to the study. “More specifically, drunkenness has been associated with various adverse consequences and health problems such as fatal and non-fatal injuries, blackouts, suicide attempts, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, academic failure and violence,” the authors wrote.

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