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Juvenile alcohol abuse surges

DPA/The Local · 15 Dec 2009, 11:33

Published: 15 Dec 2009 11:33 GMT+01:00

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Some 25,700 people aged between 10 and 20 were taken to hospital last year because of alcohol poisoning, commissioner Mechthild Dyckmans said.

That is a 170 percent rise since the first comparable survey in 2000 and an 11 percent rise on 2007.

However, regular alcohol consumption among the age group actually fell compared with previous years, said Dyckmans, who is also a federal member of parliament for the Free Democrats (FDP).

Nevertheless, it was a depressing picture, she said.

“Never before have so many children and youngsters got drunk with such abandon. More must be done to counter the binge drinking of this ever-growing group of children and youngsters.”

Especially worrying were the 4,500 children aged 10 to 15 who had to be treated in hospital for alcohol-poisoning, a group that has grown by 19 percent since 2007.

The most disturbing figure, Dyckmans said, was the 22 percent rise in hospital admissions among 10- to 15-year-old girls, from 1,900 to 2,400. This was the largest rise of any group between 2007 and 2008.

Dyckmans called for all sellers of alcohol to demand proof of age of anyone who looked under 25.

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“Many petrol stations have successfully done this for a while. I will discuss this idea soon with the Association of German Retailers (HDE),'' she said.

Moreover, further alcohol prevention measures in schools had to be considered, she said. And more discussion of alcohol prevention had to be encouraged by parents and within families.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

13:04 December 15, 2009 by duckys
Do you blame them... The economy sucks... and the world is going to hell in a hand bucket...
13:34 December 15, 2009 by bobthebob
When you compared the binge drinking of young german to young brits that is only small amount.Young people become so depressed waiting their student loans or no jobs offer.They call them lost generation.
14:42 December 15, 2009 by auslanderus
Where are the parents of these kids? Do they know right from wrong and what binge drinking can and will do to them in life and there bodies? Being depressed and then using it to drink is a poor excuse. Does that mean everyone that gets depressed binge drinks? I think not. Schools needs to do more in teaching kids about the effects of binge drinking. As for the girls, how many have been raped while they are drunk or even passed out?
15:22 December 15, 2009 by Frenemy
@aulanderus: wow!! the abject naivety and morally presumptuous tone of that little diatribe of yours made my head spin a little!!

(or maybe it was that last bottle of vodka....)
16:21 December 15, 2009 by mixxim
In my day we smoked pot, sniffed glue etc but I agree: Kids are orrible!
16:56 December 15, 2009 by William Thirteen
these intoxicated young ladies need firm guidance...
22:13 December 15, 2009 by Logic Guy
Well, as I have said several times before, the key to solving problems such this one quite simple. If the German government were to make psychology the primary focus of all education, then we would see a more civil and productive society.

It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to understand what I'm saying here. No one wants to struggle. But people do because they lack answers. An "effective" form of psychology could do extraordinary things for the world.
23:16 December 15, 2009 by Frenemy
good news LogicGuy: there is actually a reasonable probability of success for that plan....because all the *real* rocket scientists were....hmmm, lets just say "extracted" from Germany and relocated to the southern US (Florida) by around 1955!! (admittedly, the Russians got a few "table scraps"). But yeah, no actual useful rocket scientists left after the post-war intellectual plundering (and don't even get me started on EADS by the way)

...soooo, all clear for the "philosophers"/"humanistic psychologists" to enter stage! :-(
01:51 December 16, 2009 by sc123
Frenemy al of your comments have made me annoyed so......... shut up!!:^)
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