Alcohol-fed girls cause for concern

THE MOST worrying aspect of the young drinking culture was once adolescent males coming home with split lips after boozy punch ups.

But now binge drinking and subsequent aggressive behaviour in young girls is causing more concern.

During his seminar on the latest research on drugs and alcohol at Southern Cross University yesterday, Paul Dillon from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training (DART) spoke of the binge drinking culture engulfing Australia's teenage girls.

He said teenage girls were outdoing their male counterparts in terms of alcohol-related aggressive behaviour.

"Never in my 30 years have I seen this before," he said.

"I am going to schools (and hearing stories of) girls being glassed, slashed, bladed..."

Shocking slides of obviously intoxicated girls sprawled on the concrete and in punch-ups were shown during Mr Dillon's presentation.

According to DART 2008 statistics, the prevalence of risky drinking in 16 to 17-year-olds increased from 30% in 1984 to 41% in 2008.

But the increase was more prominent in females, Mr Dillon said.

"One in five 17-year-olds are bingeing," Mr Dillion said.

They are drinking more alcohol, but in fewer sessions.

Smoking has been accepted by young people as dangerous to health, but the community was not ready to accept such a message about alcohol.

We know how to fix the problem but the community was divided on the issue, Mr Dillon explained.

Mr Dillon was keynote speaker at the RRISK (Reduce Risk Increase Student Knowledge) seminar.

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