Alcohol puts more young adults into hospital

27 January, 2011

The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions for young adults in England is still increasing, according to government figures.

But the number of admissions involving 13 to 15-year-olds is in long-term decline.

Health minister Anne Milton said there had been 21,470 alcohol-related admissions for 16 to 19-year-olds in 2009-10, compared to 13,777 in 2002-03.

Among 20 to 24-year-olds, the number of admissions rose from 18,210 to 30,488 over the same period.

Although the number of admissions for 13 to 15-year-olds is broadly similar to the figure recorded in 2002-03, at 3,331, it is markedly lower than the peak in 2005-06 of 4,700 hospital cases.

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