Alcohol-related hospital admissions rise in young17th July 2012
Data released by public health minister Anne Milton has shown an increase in the number of young people from deprived families who were admitted to hospital because of alcohol.
The information revealed that 17.5% of under 18-year-olds who were admitted to hospital with alcohol-associated problems in 2010/11 were from the poorest 10% of families in England.
This figure increased from 2009/10, when 16.5% of young people from the most deprived families were admitted to hospital.
The number of young people from the most wealthy families did not increase over the same period and remained at 6%.
Sheryl Dago, national development manager at the charity Addaction, said: "The importance of education and prevention work in addressing alcohol problems among young people cannot be underestimated, but this work has been affected by cuts to youth services and the alcohol prevention work they carry out. I think there is a link between these figures and the cuts."
She called for more government funding for alcohol education schemes aimed at young people.
She added: "What also needs to improve is partnership work, with the voluntary sector, street pastors and accident and emergency departments all linking up better to help young people with problems with alcohol."
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Title: Alcohol-related hospital admissions rise in young
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22355
Date Added: 17th Jul 2012