This section presents a range of information on drinking behaviours among children including drinking prevalence, consumption, age of first alcoholic drink, prevalence and frequency of drunkenness, and consequences of drinking. This information has been taken from two NHS Digital publications.
Information is provided from Smoking, Drinking and Drug use among Young People in England (SDD) which surveys pupils in secondary schools across England to provide national estimates and information on the smoking, drinking and drug use behaviours of young people aged 11 - 15.
The question used in SDD to establish whether a pupil had drunk alcohol changed in 2016 to improve the estimate of drinking prevalence. However the new estimate is not comparable with previous surveys. More information is available in the appendices of the SDD report.
Information is also summarised from What About YOUth? (WAY) which surveyed 15 year olds with questions about their health, diet, exercise, bullying, alcohol, drugs and smoking.
The SDD survey is completed at school in exam conditions without the involvement of parents or teachers, but WAY is completed at home and therefore could involve parents. This will affect comparability between the two surveys as children are less likely to admit to risky behaviours when completing surveys in the home environment.