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Warning to parents as new figures show most teenage alcohol comes from the home

New figures out today show 1 in 10 (11%) of North East children aged 11-15 have drunk alcohol in the last week – with the North East having shed its record for the highest rates of children drinking in England.

But they also reveal that 1 in 10 (9%) pupils have been drunk in the past week – and most of the alcohol consumed by children comes from the family home.

It comes as Balance warns parents this summer about the risks of giving children alcohol supplies which can harm health, fuel noisy street sessions and lead to accidents, police action and other unwanted consequences.

The Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England 2018 is a major nationwide survey monitoring smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15.

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