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Haifa has many legacies. It was the seat of the British Mandate before the State of Israel was established. In the early decades of statehood it was the “red” city, so-called because of its left-wing politics. Latterly it has been known for its laid-back attitude toward religion, with more shops and services operating on Shabbat than elsewhere in the country. But now comes a slightly less flattering label — boozy Haifa.
Come the weekend, Haifa’s bars are packed. But the type of drinking that is becoming associated with this city is teenage binge drinking. Figures just released by Magen David Adom, Israel’s ambulance service, show that for the fourth year in a row there has been an increase in drinkers under 18 in Israel requiring medical attention. In 2009 there was an average of more than one case a week — 58 total. The youngest was just 10 years old and the average age was 16.