Doctors’ fears as 300 drunken primary school kids taken to A&E last year

The Mirror is reporting figures claiming that hundreds of primary school children were admitted to hospital last year after drinking alcohol…

Nearly 300 under-11s were admitted to A&E along with 6,500 under-18s.

More girls than boys were involved. Another 1,900 children were admitted after taking drugs, 145 of them under 12.

The alarming figures were revealed after 125 out of 189 health authorities responded to a Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio 5 Live.

The five areas with the biggest problem were in Western and North East Scotland and in South Wales. Worst of all was Ayrshire and Arran health board, with 483 hospital admissions.

Doctors said children were found lying in playgrounds, parks or fields trying to hide their drinking.

Morten Draegebo, a consultant at Cross House Hospital in Kilmarnock, said: “We have had many cases where young teenage females come in saying that they may have been sexually assaulted. They don’t even know if they have been or not. I would hate for that to happen to my daughter.”

Officials say fewer child­ren are abusing alcohol than before but those who do drink are drinking more…

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Your reaction to these figures? The article ends by quoting “officials” who say fewer children than before are involved but those who are drinking are drinking more. If that’s the case, how can this ‘hard core’ be reached and helped? Please give us your thoughts in the comments or on twitter… 

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  1. MinoHedgehog

    SchoolsImprove thanks for this. The only + is that it is a downward trend. This could be a top science lesson: uses/misuses of alcohol

  2. RosGodson

    SchoolsImprove we need qualified school nurses to lead in health promotion. At the moment it is left to parents with no support.#snsome

  3. LNAHealthEd

    RosGodson SchoolsImprove School nurses perfectly placed to lead in health promotion, support from specialists will help with this.

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