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Alarming Number Of Young Drinkers Sent To A&E

Wednesday February 19 2014


Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital


THE number of young people being admitted to hospital with alcohol-related problems is higher in Barnsley than anywhere else in the county.

Between 2008 and 2011, 128 people under the legal drinking age of 18 were seen in the emergency department - an equivalent of one every eight days.

A survey last year showed 86 per cent of school pupils in year ten had tried alcohol.

Ch Supt Andy Brooke, chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said the figures may even be much higher because those who are injured whilst drunk aren't recorded as an alcohol statistic.

He said: "We're engaging with young people and there is a problem with young people and alcohol in Barnsley.

"If we can address the issue we can grow the ecomony, make people healthier and reduce crime."

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Reply Posted by Truth on Wednesday February 19 2014 at 14:03
Wat do they expect with some of the parents of these kids, they see it at home n think it's ok it's about time the schools educated better on alcoholism n drug lated issues as what they are teaching at the moment is not working

Reply Posted by Blue egg on Wednesday February 19 2014 at 18:35
every kid sent to A & E under 18 should have a fine sent to their parents. That might encourage them to do some real parenting.

Reply Posted by nobby on Thursday February 20 2014 at 23:07
what about the cornershop or supermarket where they got the booze from or are they innocent thats the real cause of drunken kids.

Reply Posted by sherry on Thursday February 20 2014 at 23:13
That's true nobby,but there are lots of parents who allow thiier kids to booze. I no that for a fact. The blame lies at home too. I have tried to talk to some of my pals about it and they just kinda snigger and say they would rather their kids get drunk with them than out on the street corners! They don't realise they do both and then the situation begins to get acceptable within the household. A lot of the problem is rubbish parenting I'm afraid.

Reply Posted by nobby on Friday February 21 2014 at 07:29
how come sherry that scandinavian countries dont have the same problems with booze the answer is that anything bad for you is charged at such a price that its a luxury the same applies to junk food so as i said in my prior post make something bad for you hard to get make cheap alchol and junk food a thing of the past.what would the nhs save then this money could be put to curing cancer.

Reply Posted by Justice on Wednesday February 19 2014 at 19:15
I don't think it will do any good for the schools to teach the dangers of drinking when the see their parents drunk day in, day out. The parents should be made to attend a class in 'Parenthood'!

Reply Posted by Dawn on Wednesday February 19 2014 at 19:36
I see it on a regular basis. I have seen mums and their daughters coming in drunk. And yes,the daughter was an under age drinker.

They were not the first and won't be the last im affraid.


Reply Posted by nobby on Thursday February 20 2014 at 23:05
the real scumbags here are the supermarkets corner shops selling cheap booze so the answer is price the alcohol accordingley look at other european countries what they charge for booze.as regaurds pubs the goverment are hand in hand with the large brewers or they would do two things make the pubs responsible for what they turn out onto the streets and up the price of alcohol to encourage sensible drinking.

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday February 21 2014 at 08:13
Wab@ why have you removed my comment as I work in a school I was sticking for our teachers who seem to get the blame for kids underage drinking I did say anything wrong for you to delte my comment

Reply Posted by craig on Friday February 21 2014 at 18:10
Why schools fault again? Parents responsibility to make sure their kids aren't out drinking

Reply Posted by lauren on Saturday February 22 2014 at 02:16
Exactly @craig that's what was saying in my other comment but Wab deleted it. I work in a school and it's down to the parents not the teachers we are their educate them maths English etc..... Not to teach them about drugs and alcohol infact maybe we should might less underage drinkers then. My kids 8 and 5 they already know not to drink or smoke because that what me and their dad has drilled into their heads we try to set a good example

Reply Posted by Anon on Saturday February 22 2014 at 14:18
How can the parents be blamed if their not even present? Has it got nothing to do with peer pressure? My parents brought me up fantastically well.... Doesn't mean I didn't go to the local park on a Friday night and get drunk with my friends.... My mother doesn't touch drink and neither do I now but when your young and all your friends are doing it, it's easy to be persuaded! And it's not only the shops faults either, they never served us, it was strangers in the street that went in for us..... Look outside the box!

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday February 22 2014 at 15:49
My lad did the same as you anon. He came home a couple of times thinking he was "the big I am" He soon got embarrassed when I kept walking by/driving by checking up on him and his mates. He came home pxxxed a few times and next day I gave him what for verbally and a couple of good old clips round the earhole! He was cheeky to the police once too,so next day I took him down to apologise to them.The
novelty soon wore off. Parents just need to hit it head on otherwise home life suffers due to drunken lack of respect from what?? Kids! If parents allow them to drink who,s going to stop them? We as parents have to show our kids what's right and what's wrong. Can't blame anyone else.

Reply Posted by lauren on Saturday February 22 2014 at 17:11
If my comment wasn't deleted you could seen exactly what I ment by it's down parent meaning if they see it at home there going to do it but I did not think of peer pressure to be honest so yeah I agree with you their but I think all kids wether brought up with good parents or bad parent their going to try drinking underage just part of growing so you've changed my opinion their anon

Reply Posted by Observer on Sunday February 23 2014 at 21:07
This can be sorted with imediate effect. Bring back the 3 to 6 openkng times and the 6 to 11 with fewer night clubs with late licenses also ban promotions of the shots. With dolly birds parading them to make them look attractive. And stop the sale of beer in the supermarkets. The problems do not stem from public houses i would have a bet that lots is drank at home. The pubs are blamed too easily for drink related health problems. It makes me sick that lots of pubs are closing with vlame laying upon them. When people can drink a stack at home from asda and the likes. And paying little tax on it.