Is this one of the signs of the end time or what? How on earth can children as young as 7 be even drinking, let alone be hooked on alcohol to amount to addiction?
Though figures are believed to be higher, a Freedom of Information request to all of England’s 166 NHS hospital trusts revealed a total of 380 children aged 10 or under were treated for alcohol intoxication between 2008 and 2012.
What the heck?
No Ghanaian mother better not be giving his or her child one of those liquor bottles!
Daily Mail Reports;
Children as young as seven are being admitted to hospital with alcohol problems, an investigation has found.
Shocking new figures have revealed dozens of under-10s have been hospitalised suffering from mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use.
A Freedom of Information request to all of England’s 166 NHS hospital trusts revealed a total of 380 children aged 10 or under were treated for alcohol intoxication between 2008 and 2012.
Worryingly, 67 of the trusts approached either failed or refused to the Freedom of Information request, meaning the figures are likely to be even higher.
The most alarming incident was that of an intoxicated seven-year-old boy said to be ‘addicted’ to alcohol who was treated at a hospital in Sussex.
The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust described his diagnosis as ‘alcohol intoxication’ and the reason for his attendance as ‘alcohol related’.
‘The primary diagnosis was a mental and behavioural disorder due to acute intoxication with alcohol,’ a report said.
For patient confidentiality reasons, the trust would not divulge any other detail except to state he was admitted to hospital in 2008.
In another case, a 10-year-old boy was admitted to a hospital in Devon after drinking so much he collapsed.
Meanwhile, at least 25 girls and boys aged between seven and ten were taken to hospital in England between 2008 and 2012 to get help for an alcohol-induced disorder.
And hundreds more children were rushed to A&E because they were drunk, though not necessarily suffering from an ongoing issue with alcohol.
In some of the cases it is likely the alcohol was consumed accidentally, although the data held by hospitals does not always specify this.
In one worrying example of child neglect, a two-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital run by Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust last year after accidentally drinking vodka.
And in another case, a baby who hadn’t even turned one was hospitalised in Gloucestershire after sustaining a head injury while intoxicated with alcohol.
The research, by the Ferrari Press Agency, revealed all five of the worst-hit hospital trusts were in the south of England – with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust topping the list.
A total of 46 drunk children aged ten or under were rushed to A&E at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading between 2008 and 2012.
Two of these – a nine-year-old girl and a ten-year-old boy – were admitted as in-patients to receive treatment for an alcohol-induced mental and behavioural disorder.
Nick Barton, chief executive of the charity Action on Addiction, said children who suffered from alcohol problems were likely to have an alcoholic parent.
He said: ‘Children who grow up in homes where their parents have alcohol and drug problems are seven times more likely to develop substance misuse problems themselves.
‘A recent study indicated that 22 per cent of children live with a parent who drinks hazardously.
‘A particularly worrying finding was the lack of awareness among parents about the effects of their drinking on their children.
‘These children are at risk in a variety of ways, from disruption of family life, social isolation and a threat to safety as a result of parents’ alcohol related behaviour, to the accessibility of alcohol. Often they assume the parental role.’