The results of a recent survey in China announced that half or more of middle school students have consumed alcohol. According to the survey data, 51% of students ranging in age from 12 and above have had alcohol and at least 15% have been drunk.
Of the middle school students who participated in the survey 62% have acknowledged that they consume alcohol regularly at parties. 53% said they have alcohol at social occasions with their family, according to the government run China Daily.
The National Institute for Nutrition and Health and Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted the survey among 605 senior and junior high school students, between the ages of 12 to 20. The survey was run from 2013 to 2014. The survey participants were from Shanghai, Chengdu, Jinan, Harbin, Beijing, and Guangzhou.
Professor of public health from Peking University Ma Guansheng said that enforcing laws that prohibit alcohol being sold to juniors are tough as the rules are unclear. In U.S. identity cards are required to buy alcohol and the stringent law enforcement is followed by all. Here in China teenagers are driven to drink due to lack of awareness about the negative impact related to alcohol drinking. They are under the misguided impression that top quality alcohol cannot cause any damage to health and drinking beer is equivalent to drinking water.