Think twice before you write off teenage binge drinkers

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All those older folk who write teenagers off as reckless binge drinkers need to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror.

The exuberance of youth might mean that many youngsters have found themselves in a sorry state after drinking one too many shandies on a night out. But it’s actually the irresponsible drinking habits of the older generation that’s costing the NHS more.

Alcohol Concern discovered that those aged between 55 and 74 racked up £825.6m in hospital admission costs between 2010 and 2011, compared to £63.8m for those aged between 16 and 24.

So while you’re less likely to see a 60-year-old flashing her knickers and lurching over a gutter on a Saturday night, the damage is still being done.

Not so smug now, eh?