Methods: A literature review of relevant studies on adolescent alcohol use.
The 13–14 year olds were more likely to have been drinking alcopops in the 7 days before the survey, whereas the 15–16 year olds were most likely to have been drinking beer, lager, spirits or liqueurs.
By the age of 15–16 years, 79% of the students had been drunk and two-thirds of this group (66%) said they drank to get drunk at least once a month.
This short paper will review patterns of drinking in adolescence and the risk factors that are thought to predispose to the development of alcohol use and other co-morbid disorders in this age group.
Alcohol is the world's third largest risk factor for disease and contributes to 4% of the global burden of disease (Rehm , 2009).