Thursday, 28 October 2010

No news is good news - Research

'RISE IS NUMBER OF DRUNKEN CHILDREN IN A & E' - Gardian Article Saturday 23rd October 2010


  1. Under 18's have an increasingly damaging relationship with alcohol
  2. Ludicrously cheap price of alcohol
  3. It is important that parents realise they are rose models  - Sir Ian Gilmore (Chair of Alcohol Health Alliance UK)
  4. Matt (18 years old living in Buckinghamshire) - it was an escape route from my life as I had some personal and family issues. 
  5. The scourge of the 'ladette' has spread to girls as young as 10
  6. A lower tolerance for alcohol among young women in comparison to men
  7. This indicates an alarming rise in ladettes
  8. 'Shocking' figures of hospital admissions - Chief Executive of Drinkaware
  9. This is a result of a changing culture
  10. The rise in teen drinking can often can be a direct result from an unhappy and unstable life at home. 
  11. More girls are admitted to A & E because they feel the need to use drink as a confidence booster as on a whole girls appear to be more insecure than boys
  12. Changing the price of alcohol is not going to improve the statistics
  13. Unless something is done to help the child's happiness and security at home, the problems are not going to vastly improve
  14. Children copy their parents
  15. If children are to start drinking it should not be before the age of 15, and they should be accompanied by an adult. 
  16. It is a coping mechanism for some children


  1. 10,000 attended to by ambulance crew
  2. Numbers rose by 32% between 2003 (11,000) and 2007 (14,000)
  3. Total of 92,220 children admitted between 2002-2009
  4. 36 under 18's admitted per day
  5. Girls are 1.3 times more likely than boys to be admitted
  6. Between 2004-2009 - 23,347 females admitted, and only 18,159 males 
  7. Underage drinkers across the UK consume an average of 6.9 pints of beer or 1.7m bottle of wine per week
  8. 630,000 of 11 to 17 year olds said that they drink at leaste twice a week
  9. Ambulance services called out 16,387 times in the past year to deal with under 18 drink cases
  10. Helping under 18's with alcohol is costing an average of £19 million/yr 
  11. Last year 8,799 under 18's received specialist treatment to tackel drinking problems
  12. Levels have risen by a third in 5 years
  13. 13,000 alcohol related admissions of young people under 18
  14. 9,000 under 18's recieving treatment for dependancy (double the rate in 5 years)
  15. 11,780 alcohol relates call-outs in London for under 18's at a cost of almost £2.5 million
  16. West Midland Ambulance Service responded to 1,296 alcohol related call outs costing £250,000 
  17. North East Ambulance Trust responded to just under 1,000 calls costing £175,000


  1. More girls end up in A & E thank boys
  2. The numbers have risen
  3. A young person's brain and body are still growing. Drinking alcohol can cause learning problems or lead to adult alcoholism. 
  4. People who being drinking by age 15 and five times more likely to abuse or beocme dependant on alcohol than those who being drinking after the age of 20
  5. Children who drink are more likely to get poor grades in school and are at a higher risk for being a crime victim. 
  6. Drinking causes loss of control and lack of judgement 
  7. It is Illegal in the UK to buy alcohol under the age of 18


  1. Rise
  2. Shocking
  3. Money
  4. Damaging
  5. Unhappiness
  6. Instability
  7. Example
  8. Alcohol
  9. Memory Loss
  10. Fattening
  11. Liver Damage
  12. Illegal
  13. Depressive
  14. Loss of Control
  15. Confidence
  16. Addiction
  17. Crime
  18. Violence
  19. Pressure
  20. Social


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