Under-18 drunks total falls
email@example.com The number of children admitted to Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital for alcohol-related treatment has fallen in the past year.
Figures released by the NHS show a total of 32 people under the age of 18 needed treatment as a result of drink-related incidents at hospitals in east Kent in 2013. This was down from 47 in 2012.
Of these, 11 were treated at the William Harvey, down from 14 in 2012.
Dr Cara Robinson, from the alcohol and drug charity KCA said: “Adolescence is a time when young people are experimenting.
“Alcohol is our legal drug and an important part of our culture so I think it’s something that young people see a lot of.
“But we have actually seen a decrease in regular drinking in 11- to 16-year-olds in Kent.”
There was, however, a slight increase in the number of young people over the age of 16 who required treatment. In 2012, nine 11- to 15-year-olds needed treatment, and five 16- to 17-year-olds.
In 2013, this figure fell to three in the 11- to 15-year-old category, while it rose to eight in the 16- to 17-year-old age group.
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The number of drunk children needing treatment has fallen