London, Aug 6: A new study has found that binge drinking puts teenage girls at risk of having unprotected sex, unplanned pregnancies and contracting sexually-transmitted diseases.
The reports from the study of 15- and 16-year-old girls also warned that binge drinking is creating a generation of violent and promiscuous teenage girls.
One in five female teens who consume alcohol at least once a week say they have got themselves so drunk they have had sex they regret, while almost 40 per cent have been in a fight.
Almost 88 per cent of girls aged 15 and 16 say they have consumed alcohol – compared with 80 per cent of boys.
And the study found that among teens of both sexes, those who do drink consume more than the equivalent of a bottle of wine a week.
It concluded that drinking was having a disastrous effect on performances at school.
The report compiled by the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University looked at questionnaires filled in by 11,000 teenagers in the North West.
“Those binge drinking three or more times a week were over five times more likely than non-binge drinkers to have had sex they regretted following alcohol,” the Daily Mail quoted the authors as writing.
“Such drinking can place girls in situations where they are too drunk to properly consider whether they wish to have sex or take the appropriate precautions to prevent pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections,” they added. (ANI)