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  Government told to stop kids drinking alcohol
Updated 03 November 2002, 15.18
People are worried about kids' binge drinking
The government is under pressure to stop kids from drinking alcohol.

People are worried that kids as young as 10 are getting drunk, and are drinking more alcohol than ever before.

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The real worry is kids who drink alcopops and very strong lager in binges, which means drinking loads in a very short length of time with the aim of getting drunk.

Groups that offer advice about alcohol say kids who drink often need special medical help and counselling.

  Click here to try an alcohol quiz

One area where the problem is bad is in Cumbria, with youth workers saying kids are drinking to try and help them forget about school and family problems, not realising how it will affect their health in the future.

The problem is getting worse in both country and urban areas, and the advisory groups want the government to make a plan how to stop it and commit money to it too.

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