Teens 'risk death by alcohol poisoning'

19th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — An increasing number of teenagers are landing in hospital with alcohol poisoning and it won't be long before someone dies as a result, a Dutch doctor has warned.

19 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — An increasing number of teenagers are landing in hospital with alcohol poisoning and it won't be long before someone dies as a result, a Dutch doctor has warned.

Several dozen teenagers are admitted to hospitals in the Netherlands every week as a result of over consumption of alcohol, paediatrician Nico van der Lely at Delft Hospital told news programme 'Nova'. Many suffer from hypothermia after collapsing in the outdoors on cold evenings.

He said admissions of juveniles for alcohol poisoning had multiplied by a factor of 16 at the 'Reinier de Graaf' hospital in Delft since 1999. Prior to that date there is no record at the hospital of alcohol poisoning involving children aged 12 to 13.

Hospitals are now seeing more teenagers, and girls as young as 12 or 13, who have consumed too much alcohol. In some cases, the patient has gone into coma after drinking between half and one-and-a-half litres of strong alcohol within two hours.

Van der Lely warned that these children run a great risk if they do not receive medical attention quickly after a major drinking session and it won't be long before someone dies. He is to publish research on young people and alcohol use shortly.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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