Peach Report

Pubs drive out under-age drinking

1 June, 2010

The number of under-age people drinking in pubs and bars is being driven down, according to the latest statistics on alcohol consumption from the NHS Information Centre.

Among 11 to 15 year-olds in England who drink alcohol, just 7% said they had purchased drinks from pubs or bars. The figures are for 2008, and compare with a proportion of 13% buying from pubs or bars in 1996.

Overall levels of alcohol consumption among children may also be falling, with only 18% of school pupils aged 11 to 15 claiming to have had a drink within the previous week, compared to 26% in 2001.

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