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Young should be taught alcohol first aid

13th September 2010

The results of a survey carried out by the British Red Cross have suggested that teenagers should be taught first aid in order to provide aid to intoxicated friends.


The survey of 2,500 young people aged from 11 to 16 discovered that 10% had been left to take care of a friend who was "sick, injured or unconscious" after drinking alcohol. The poll showed 14% had experienced an emergency involving alcohol.

Government statistics have shown that over 7,000 admissions to hospital between 2006-2009 involved young people aged under 15 and were caused by alcohol.

Many respondents to the poll said they drank, with nearly a quarter (23%) admitting to having been intoxicated.

One third of 14-16 year-olds said they consumed alcohol on most weekends.

Many respondents said they had not been sure what to do when they experienced an alcohol-related emergency and nearly 50% were concerned about a friend choking on vomit or not regaining consciousness.

Joe Mulligan, from the British Red Cross, said: "We need to ensure that every young person, irrespective of whether they have been drinking, has the ability and confidence to cope in a crisis."

The Red Cross have launched a campaign about the issue called Life Live It. The campaign will promote online videos to help teenagers find out about first aid skills to treat alcohol emergencies.


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