Un­der-18 drunks to­tal falls

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk 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

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