“Binge drinking” among young people is becoming a problem
More and more children and adolescents are being hospitalized due to alcohol abuse - this alarming development is currently reported by the Federal Statistical Office. According to the press release, "26,349 children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 were treated in hospital for acute alcohol abuse in 2011," according to the press release, which means an increase of 1.4 percent compared to the previous year (compared to the previous year: 2010: 25,995 cases).
Boys are more at risk than girls According to the Wiesbaden statistics experts, this is "the fifth year in a row in which more than 20,000 adolescents had to be hospitalized for alcohol poisoning". Ten years ago, there were "only" 12,794 cases. Boys are primarily affected: "Around 62% of those treated were male, even though the corresponding proportion of the population was only 51 percent," according to the Federal Office.
Regular drinking is normal for many young people The fact that alcohol is already part of everyday life for many adolescents and young adults is also confirmed by the current government drug and addiction report, which was presented in May last year. Here "14.2 percent of the 12- to 17-year-olds said to drink alcohol regularly - at least once a week". In the young adults (18-25 years) it was almost 40 percent.
So-called “binge drinking” or “intoxication” is still relatively widespread among young people: 15.2 percent of 12 to 17 year olds said “they have drunk at least five glasses of alcohol or more in succession in the past 30 days have ”, according to the drug and addiction report 2012. Here too, there are clear differences between the sexes: Every fifth boy (19.6 percent), but only every tenth girl (10.5 percent) was affected.
In 2011, the group of 18 to 25-year-olds had almost 42% who had had experiences with “intoxication”. Here too, the young men were in front (54.5% compared to 28.7% among the young women).
Federal government drug commissioner calls for more information In view of the current publication by the Federal Statistical Office, there is an urgent need for action, according to Mechthild Dyckmans, the federal government's drug commissioner: "These figures show that we must not stop educating children and adolescents about the dangers of intoxication." Particularly worrying be Dyckmans after "the resurgence among 10- to 15-year-olds", because "early alcohol consumption can lead to long-term health problems in children and adolescents and increases the risk of later becoming dependent," the drug commissioner continued.
For this reason, children and adolescents under the age of 16 should not be allowed to buy or drink alcohol - and only if this limit were adhered to consistently could the current development be stopped, explains the expert and therefore appeals to the parents: "Parents must set clear rules and should also be a role model for their children through their own moderate consumption behavior. "
Alcohol abuse not only a problem among adolescents The current figures come from the hospital diagnosis statistics for 2011, which makes it clear that alcohol abuse is not only a major problem among adolescents: Because of the approximately 18.8 million inpatients in a hospital Heart failure was the most common reason for a stay (380,100 cases) - but second (338,400 cases) were mental and behavioral disorders due to alcohol, which, according to the Federal Statistical Office, also includes acute alcohol abuse. (sb)
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