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The Binge Culture and its Origins

Thursday, November 13th, 2008 The Binge Culture and its Origins

Much over the past few years has been said about the British binge culture. Yet why have we got it all so very wrong?

It is worthy to observe some facts and figures when we process this information. Firstly, according to the daily Telegraph article (11 11 08) by Kate Devlin, researchers have determined that teenagers start drinking an average of two years younger than women who are now in their mid-twenties did, with most admitting that they had drunk alcohol by the age of 13 or 14.

More concerning is that drinking from such a young age, the likelihood these teenagers will go to consume alcohol more heavily, the study also found.

It has also been established the increase in liver problems particularly in young women. Doctors confirm that they are seeing increasing numbers of women in their 20s and 30s with cirrhosis of the liver, a disease virtually unheard of in that age group a decade ago.

Notwithstanding, a government watchdog stated that over 10 million people in Britain were now drinking at “hazardous” levels. In fact if we were to take a step out of the box so to speak, it is a fact more people die from alcohol than breast cancer, cervical cancer and MRSA, the hospital superbug, combined.

There is a fundamental need for urgent change from all levels to improve the standards of the health of our nation.

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