Teenage Girls

Recent Department of Health statistics reveal that three times more teenage girls in England are being admitted to hospital for alcohol poisoning than boys.

A total of 4,939 girls aged 14 to 17 were seen by doctors for alcohol poisoning over the last five years, compared to 1,776 boys - an increase of 90% since 2003.

Girls' lower tolerance to alcohol and their often smaller size is just one reason, another is the fact that many girls try to match thier consumption with boys and often end up in A&E.

If you take these incidents into account as well, the total number of alcohol related hospital admissions in England in the last five years was 24,000 for children under 16, and 13,000 admissions for young people between 16 and 17.

Teenage Girl's story:

We've talked to one girl - now in her twenties - whose completely turned her life around.

Drinking to get drunk from the age of 13, she spent hours drinking a cocktail or beers and spirits, from being a boost to confidence it soon descended into a daily dependance.

Hear her story and how she turned her life around: LISTEN HERE

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