Binge drinking boom

29th June 2007 at 01:00
The Blair decade has seen a boom in the numbers of children needing hospital treatment because of alcohol, according to figures from the Information Centre for Health and Social Care. The number of children under 16 admitted to hospital for alcohol-related reasons rose by a third from 3,870 in 1996 to 5,280 last year.

A survey of 12,000 children also found that average alcohol consumption by 11- to 13-year-olds almost doubled from 5.6 units a week in 2001 to 10.4 in 2006.

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