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Rise in underage drinking

17th November 2006

The NHS sees 20 cases a day of under-18s diagnosed with alcohol poisoning and other booze-related health problems.

Excessive drinking in young people has caused a 20 per cent rise in hospital admissions, the BBC programme Panorama has uncovered from NHS statistics.

The findings have led experts to suggest a rise in prices so alcohol would be prohibitively expensive to underage drinkers, or increase cost in line with alcohol content.

NHS Information Centre figures showed a rise of more than 1,200 alcohol-related admissions in the past five years.

Campaigners say action is needed, but the government said tackling binge drinking was a priority and had clamped down on town centre drinking, as well as establishing responsible drinking labelling.

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