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Studies: bringe drinking occurs less frequently

More under 17 year olds don't drink alcohol

"binge drinking" is nowadays not popular anymore: All young men in Germany tend to drink less and less alcohol.

Düsseldorf - A new study by the federal centre for Health education (BZgA) was presented in Berlin, which showed those results. The acohol consumption among young people is still overall too hight according to experts. More than a third of the 18- to 25-year-olds (35.4 percent) bringe drink at least once a month. For the twelve- to 17-year-olds the percentage is 12.9 percent.

After all, those numbers are significantly less than a few years ago. 2008, around 40 percent of the young adults and more than 20 percent of the under 17-year-olds got "drunk" at least once a month. The federal drug conmmissioner Marlene Mortler (CSU) evaluated this as a positive development". Teenagers and young adults are increasingly slowly taking distance from the dangerous bringe drinking, she explained. Mortler also warned at the same time that alcohol is still the number one drug among young people and that it should not be trivalized.

The current data is from the year 2014. For this study, a total of 7,000 yong people between twelve and 25 years old were interviewed. It was found that mainly the male drinkers decreased. 15.6 peercent of the 18- to 25-year-old men get drunk at least four times a month - this is the lowest level in a decade. Also in the under 17-year-old males, the low point was reached - 4.3 percent bringe drinking.

A female decrease was not able to be identified by the studies, said the BZgA director Heidrun Thaiss. However, they are drinking far fewer and less frequent alcohol than their male peers. 4.7 percent of the 18- to 25-year-old women and 2.9 percent of the under 17-year-olds get drunk at least four times a month. 

The study in addition to the decline of the male bringe drinkers that even more and more young people tend to completely stop drinking alcohol. Every one in the three of twelve to 17-year-olds (33 percent) admit to have drunk alcohol. In 2001, there were only 13 percent.

The federal ageny organizes a prevention campaign against alcohol abuse among young people since 2009. The campaign is being supported by the association of the private health insurance (PHI). In future, the campaign "Alcohol? Know your limit" will increasingly be used on online communication. On social networks and online platforms like Youtube aim to reach the target group better, according to the BZgA.

In Germany, approximately 1.77 million people between 18 and 64 years are considered to be dependent on alcohol. In another 1.6 million abuse alcohol. At least 74,000 people die every year in Germany in connection with alcohol consumption.

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