Expatriate families living in Germany might want to double check their global medical insurance needs.
Research led by Dr Carolin Donath, from the Psychiatric University Clinic Erlangen, found that both urban and rural young people have a tendency to binge drink on occasion.
However, those living in the country areas of the Germany were seen to be more likely to overindulge in alcohol.
Of the 44,000 15 and 16-year-olds questioned, 93 per cent of young people from rural areas had tried alcohol, compared to 86 per cent of those from urban areas.
Meanwhile, 78 per cent of rural inhabitants admitted to binge drinking; four percentage points more than city dwellers.
Dr Donath commented: "Whilst there is awareness of the problems of binge drinking in towns and cities, this study demonstrates that both drinking and binge drinking are as much of a problem for rural teenagers."
People who are concerned about their children's health could look into getting expatriate medical insurance to help cover problems such as brain damage, memory issues and heart disease and cancer – all of which are long-term risk factors associated with binge drinking.
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