"This new study seems to be the first to show a direct link between alcohol misuse and vulnerability to injury, independent of any link between drinking and fighting. There now needs to be much more effort put into reducing alcohol misuse in order to reduce injury," said Professor Jonathan Shepherd, who led the research, in a news release.
The study also found:
- 25 percent of 11 year olds reported drinking monthly and 3.6 percent daily.
- By age 16, 40 percent reported drinking weekly and 6.2 percent drinking daily.
- 22.6 percent of 16 year old reported getting drunk more than 21 times a year.
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescence, also found a strong link between frequency of drinking and frequency of hitting other people.