Many young people under the age of 18 regularly drink alcohol. Young people are often seen drinking in parks and car parks, and at various gathering points in towns and villages.
Underage drinking is a much more serious problem today than it has been in the past. Children are drinking at a younger age – and they are drinking more.
Over half (51%) of 11-15 year olds have drunk at least one alcoholic drink in their lifetime. Of those who drank regularly, the average weekly consumption has risen from 5.3 units in 1990 to 11.6 units in 2009.