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Teenagers drinking "up to 8 pints a week"

Teenagers who drink in the North East consume the alcoholic equivalent of up to eight pints of lager a week on average, national health figures have revealed.

According to the NHS Information Centre, children between 11 and 15 years of age who drink, down 17.7 units of alcohol on an average - equivalent to almost eight pints or two bottles of wine.

Boys consume around 20.2 units a week, while the girls' weekly average is 15.5 units.

In the North West and Yorkshire, boys and girls drink 16.3 units on an average, while in the East and West Midlands the figures are 16.1 and 14.2 respectively.

Youngsters consume 14.2 units in the South West, 13.5 in the South East, 13 in the East of England and 11.3 in London.

The data has also shown that 11 to 15-year-olds in the North East are the most likely both to smoke and drink.

Tim Straughan, chief executive of the centre, said: "The report shows there are significant regional differences in the percentages of young people who smoke, drink or use drugs.

"It is interesting to note that London has such comparatively low levels of drug and alcohol use among its youngsters."

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"Could this have something to do with the prices of drinks in pubs/bars in the different regions?" - Liz Watson