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UK under-age drinking increases: Study
A new study shows that the number of British youngsters who suffer from drink-related problems has increased.
A new study shows that the number of British youngsters who suffer from drink-related problems has increased.
Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:26PM
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The number of British youngsters who suffer from drink-related problems has risen dramatically, showing an increase of 12 percent over the past eight years, a new study warns.


According to statistics from the National ­Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, over 3,000 young Britons some as young as 12 were forced to seek help last year to fix their drinking problem and nearly six children a day were admitted to accident and emergency departments of hospitals because of their under-age boozing.

The new survey also found that 18 local authorities in Britain treated more than 10 children under-14s for alcohol abuse in the last 12 months.

Tracey Crouch MP, Tory vice-chair of the Parliamentary Alcohol Misuse Group, described the figures as “worrying”.

On September 12, a new study carried out by the Community Research Company found that almost one in three children in Britain now live with at least one parent, who drinks heavily and is classed as a binge drinker.

Earlier in July, an official report on the age range of users of the most popular drugs including ecstasy, cannabis and cocaine also found that British children as young as seven are taking ecstasy.

According to the British government's annual crime survey, the ages of onset for first taking cannabis and cocaine powder were eight and nine respectively.

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