British teenage girls are more likely to get drunk than their male counterparts, according to a new report.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study found 31% of 15-year-old girls reported having been drunk at least twice compared with 26% of boys of the same age.

Overall, alcohol consumption in the UK is slightly higher than the OECD average, but under-age drinking is significantly above average , especially for girls, the report said.

Reported rates ranged from 10% in Israel to above 35% in Denmark, Hungary and Lithuania, with boys more likely to admit drunkenness.

The study found the UK was just one of three countries in the OECD to have higher under-age drinking rates for girls than for boys and was the country with the most significant gap.