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Binge Drinking in Childhood and Adolescence – Germany

Via the SHEU, and while Germany is very much outside of our geographical remit, I thought this might be a useful comparison to the stories we often see about the numbers of young people who end up in hospitals in this country as a result of alcohol.

According to this story, and this paper:

the number of adolescents admitted to hospital for alcohol poisoning [in Germany] has more than doubled, increasing from 9500 in 2007 to more than 23 000 in 2007. About 3800 of these patients were between 10 and 15 years old.

The last (roughly comparable) figures I can find suggest that there were 8,000 young people in the same position in England, although more recent figures have gone on to include those who end up in hospital as a result of accidents as well as because of alcohol poisoning.

Readers may recall that the last time we covered hospital admissions for alcohol related conditions we were able to see that the biggest rises in the numbers needing admission to hospital were amongst the 17 to 25 age group.

Looking at the maps I made following the ESPAD survey German young people aren’t getting as drunk as young people in the UK.



Although it looks like slightly more of them may be drinking.

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