Growing Numbers of Children Below 18 Admitted to Hospital for Drinking

According to a new report by the charity Alcohol Concern, increasing number of people below 18 years are being admitted to hospital due to drinking; in fact, the number has increased by a third.

Between the years 2002 and 2007, the percentage increased by 32%, with as many as 36 children per day are being hospitalised for alcohol-related problems.

The research showed that in a period of five years, London Ambulance Service responded to 11,780 alcohol-related help for under-18s at a cost of over £2.5 million.

The charity also stated that more girls were admitted to hospitals as compared to boys. During the period 2004 and 2009, as many as 23,347 females below 18 were given treatment against 18,159 males of that same age group.

According to the NHS figures, in 2009, around 8,799 under-18s were given specialist treatment for alcohol-related conditions.

The Chief Executive of the charity, Don Shenker, said that if the alcohol-producing Companies would not stop promoting drinking, young people will keep on consuming alcohol to the limit that would harm their health.

He further said, “As well as tackling the ludicrously cheap price of alcohol in some settings, we want all under-18-year-olds who turn up at A&E to be advised and supported to address their drinking”.