We have looked at the issue of youth drinking this year when we studied formal writing. Here is a link to another article in the Herald.
I have added a little below:
…In the past decade drinking behaviour in the young has grown steadily more extreme and is increasingly normalised in younger age groups.
In the past it was rare to treat 18-year-olds for alcoholism, a condition that usually takes a number of years of heavy drinking to develop.
These days, 15- and 16-year-olds are presenting regularly to youth addiction services, addicted to alcohol and needing alcohol detoxification and residential rehabilitation.
Read the rest here.