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Alcohol & Young People
Research released in parliament by the health minister Caroline Flint, shows that the number of young people being treated for alcohol related illnesses, including mental disorders, poisoning and liver disease has gone up 33% in the last 10 years.
In real terms this means more than 20 children a day are being treated for alcoholism according to a recent article in The Sunday Times. (December 24th 2006)
In the year 2005-06 the number of under 18's seeking treatment for alcohol related health problems was 8,894 an average of 24 a day.
Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians is quoted as saying 'This is only the tip of the iceberg. The younger they drink, the more likely they are to have alcohol related problems later in life. It is now commonplace to see men and women in their twenties with end-stage alcoholic liver damage'
Dr Gray Smith-Laing, a consultant at the Medawy Maritime hospital in Kent, who treats patients with liver disease said "what we are seeing is the numbers going up and the age coming down"
In addition to the figures for children and young people, the Department of Health figures show that the number of people aged 18 and over treated for alcohol-related illness has gone up from 124,925 to 253,603 since 1997, a rise of more than 100%.