Boredom among teenagers can lead to binge drinking, a report has claimed.
The study, by charity Drinkaware, claims nearly one in ten young people aged 16 and 17 drink alcohol at least once a week to kill time.
The group is worried that the summer break will see an increase in underage drinking as teenagers have more free time, and it expects 61% of 16- and 17-year-olds to indulge at some point in the next few months.
Drinkaware is also concerned about teenagers getting themselves into difficult situations that they aren't mature enough to handle as a result of alcohol abuse.
Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, explained: "Drinking can increase the chances of either being the victim or a perpetrator of a crime, or having unprotected sex which can lead to sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
"If young people are drinking they should eat something beforehand, space their alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks, look after their mates and if they're out, plan how they're going to get home."
"The government needs to review and further consider their own contributions to such breakdown in society particularly among youths, eg, opening all hours of pubs, the widespread sale of alcohol without adequate policing of selling alcohol to the under aged individual. The young require education which is not only specific to the abuse but to the responsibility on each of us for each other's safety and welbeing" - V Henry, London