Drink-related deaths among women aged between 35 and 54 are almost twice the level they were in the early 1990s at around 14 per 100,000.
Thirty years ago, the death rate for men and women of any age from alcohol abuse stood as just two per 100,000, the lowest in Europe.
One in five 15-year-olds drinks the equivalent of almost a bottle of wine a week. In some parts of the country, one in eight 12-year-olds is drinking as much. Binge drinking plays a part in more than 4,300 teenage pregnancies and 5.5million lost days of schooling each year.
It's no good blaming the Government for changing the licensing laws; these young people need to follow the good example set from the top.