Children turning to drink in Scotland

Statistics published recently show that more than 100 children 14 and under were treated for alcohol issues in Scotland’s largest health board area last year and alcohol support groups are saying they even younger children are needing help.

There were 120 children 14 and under and 309 aged 15 to 17 that were hospitalized for alcohol related conditions in 2010 in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area while in NHS Tayside over 300 youngsters under 18 were treated at the accident and emergency unit for issues related to alcohol in the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, while almost 200 aged 16 and 17 needed treatment.

The Scottish Mail on Sunday newspaper, made a Freedom of Information request and the figures were released thereafter. One young woman who had received treatment admitted to drinking regularly since age 8 and said she developed a major problem with alcohol.

A services manager at Dundee based TCA mentioned that they had treated a teenager that started drinking at age eight and who had grown up in a family where drinking was quite prevalent. She added that in years past they would treat children from 15 to 16 years old but presently  they are seeing children at an earlier age.

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