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U.K. girls drink more than boys

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EXETER, England, Aug 16, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A survey has found British teenage girls drink more alcohol than their male classmates, the Western Mail reported Monday.

Researchers from the Schools Health Education Unit found 44 percent of girls ages 14 and 15 have at least one alcoholic drink a week, compared to 42 percent of boys. Girls are also far more likely to smoke.

Though boys drink more beer, they cannot match girls for consumption of other kinds of alcoholic beverages like wine and spirits.

The survey questioned 15,500 children from 196 primary and secondary schools in Britain.

Around 26 percent of girls said they had smoked at least one cigarette in the week before the survey, compared to 16 percent of boys.

Of the 14- and 15-year-old girls questioned, 19 percent said they drank spirits in the preceding week and 18 percent drank wine, compared to 16 percent and 11 percent of boys.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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