Worrying alcohol consumption in Wales7th April 2009
A report by the National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHSW) and the Wales Centre for Health has shown that around 1,000 deaths are caused each year in Wales because of alcohol.
Researchers found that over one in 25 male deaths were associated with alcohol and one quarter of 13-year-olds had "been drunk at least twice".
The report brought together information regarding alcohol-related hospital admissions, teenage drinking, alcohol consumption during pregnancy, binge drinking and alcohol-connected deaths.
The danger of dying from an alcohol-related condition tripled in poorer areas. Blaenau Gwent had the most hospital admissions connected with alcohol compared to any other local authority.
The report's author Andrea Gartner said the numbers of children and young people drinking alcohol was of particular concern.
She wrote: "Wales had the highest percentage of all 40 countries surveyed in 13-year-olds having been drunk more than twice (27% of boys and 26% of girls)."
"In children aged under 16, more girls were admitted to hospital than boys with 215 admissions in boys and 295 in girls for alcohol related conditions in 2006."
Judith Greenacre, director of health intelligence at the NPHSW, said: "This report...will help contribute towards the new 10-year strategy launched by the Welsh Assembly Government to tackle all substance misuse, including alcohol."
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Title: Worrying alcohol consumption in Wales
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 10895
Date Added: 7th Apr 2009