THE number of young people admitted to hospital due to both alcohol and substance misuse in Barnsley is among the highest in the region, according to new data released by Public Health England.

And bosses at Barnsley Hospital have said tougher restrictions on alcohol sales and promotion are needed to curb the trend, which has seen the hospital admit 64 people under the age of 18 for serious alcohol-related conditions such as liver failure from 2015 to 2018.

Barnsley has the fifth-highest number of such admissions in the region - below Leeds, Bradford, the whole North Yorkshire area, and Kingston-upon-Hull.

This means a ratio of 42.8 per 100,000 people under 18 are admitted to hospital for ‘alcohol-specific’ conditions, which are those wholly attributable to alcohol - compared to the national average of 32.9, and an average of 33.4 for Yorkshire and the Humber.

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