Wild Boozing Teens on Rampage in U.K.

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"Nearly half of the alcohol obtained by young people appears to come from the family home," said Smith. "The parents have to hear the message."

"The idea that you can hand your kids a six-pack of lager and tell them to disappear off for the evening" she said, "frankly baffles me."

Soodeen said parents are partly to blame.

"There is a certain acceptance among some parents that it is OK to drink," said Soodeen, "because they look back at their teenage years and don't realize that today's teenagers drink more than they did."

The Home Secretary said the government is considering tough measures against parents who allow their children to drink. It said parents could be fined up to $2,000 or compelled to do community work if they let their children consume alcohol.

It also unveiled plans to issue parenting contracts which would ban parents from letting their children visit certain places and hold them responsible for preventing their children from drinking alcohol.

Alcohol Concern has been pushing for a ban on television commercials for alcohol before a certain hour and in theaters when they show movies rated for children.

Britain's heavy drinking habits have had disastrous consequences on the country's health system and society.

Each year, 22,000 in the U.K. die from alcohol-related causes, according to Alcohol Concern.

It is also blamed for fueling violence, a growing problem among hard drinking girls, referred to as "laddettes." Offences committed by girls increased by 25 percent over the last three years, according to the UK's Youth Justice Board.

According to Alcohol Concern, the consumption of alcohol by children can have severe consequences on their brain functions and also increase their risk of addiction to alcohol in later life.

The entire society pays a heavy toll for this habit.

On weekends, but also during the week, emergency rooms and hospitals are filled with the drunk, crawling and moaning.

A paramedic described to ABC News appalling scenes of hospital rooms filled up with drunk people, occupying beds needed for other people.

The cost of treating incidents and long term diseases caused by alcohol consumption has become an increasing concern among health professionals.

"It is quite a time bomb that is that is waiting to explode," said Hayes.

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