A survey carried out by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that 20% of 13-16 year olds questioned admitted to having got drunk by the time they were 14. The figure rose to 50% by the age of 16.
Peer pressure from friends was given as a reason for drinking however researchers for the Ipsos Mori poll also found that a significant factor was poor parental supervison. The survey found that teens who see their parents drunk are more likely to mimic this behaviour and drink drink excessively themselves.
The study involved a survey of 5,700 teenagers aged 13-16 in schools in England.