80 teens admitted with alcohol poisoning

12th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 June 2007, DELFT – More than 80 children were admitted to hospital in the Netherlands with alcohol poisoning during the first six months of this year. Paediatrician Nico van der Lely, affiliated with the Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft, said this on Tuesday.

12 June 2007

DELFT – More than 80 children were admitted to hospital in the Netherlands with alcohol poisoning during the first six months of this year. Paediatrician Nico van der Lely, affiliated with the Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft, said this on Tuesday.

Van der Lely warned last year already that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children that drink far too much. He has set up a registration system to record the number of cases of excessive alcohol consumption by children. He thinks the actual number will be more than 80 since he has not yet received the counts from all the participating doctors.

Most of the children included in these figures are around the age of 13 and have drunk hard alcohol or litres of beer. He keeps track of these incidents among children up to the age of 16. "I can't keep track if I include 17-year-olds."

Alcohol use among teenagers can have serious consequences. The paediatrician has seen children recommended for pre-university programmes (VWO) slip into vocational training (VMBO) because of their alcohol use, Van der Lely reports.

Last weekend a 12-year-old in Middelharnis was found comatose after drinking too much alcohol. The boy had been drinking with two 13-year-old friends before they planned to go out. The alcohol had been purchased by a 16-year-old friend.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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