‘Explosive’ increase in teenage girl drunks

The number of girls aged 10 to 24 treated in hospital for alcohol poisoning went up an ‘explosive 104%’ between 2005 and 2010, according to consumer safety association Consument en Veiligheid.

The number of boys and young men hospitalised for drinking too much was up 66% over the same period.
Every year, some 2,300 youngsters are treated for abusing alcohol, the association says. In addition, 24,000 end up in hospital following an accident or other incident involving alcohol.
Earlier this month a hospital chief said teen drunks should be made to pay for the cost of their treatment, saying the move would save society €10m a year.

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