Underage drinking has declined in the UK, a new report has revealed.

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking published a new report which shows that underage drinking has declined in over two-thirds of the 63 countries where national data is available.

The report showed that weekly drinking among 11 to 15 year-olds declined from 2010 to 2014 in England, Scotland and Wales.

In England this dropped from 28 per cent to 10 per cent of this age group for boys and from 21 per cent to 9 per cent for girls. Scotland and Wales showed similar decreases.

 

 

Chief Executive of the Portman Group, John Timothy said: "This is really welcome and encouraging news. Underage drinking continues to decline across the UK, hitting record lows, with children today significantly less likely to drink alcohol or think that getting drunk is okay than in previous generations.

"Drinks producers and retailers have put a huge amount of effort into tackling underage drinking through robust ID schemes, support for local partnership initiatives and effective industry self-regulation of alcohol marketing. We are now seeing the positive impact of these measures."