Action call after 'shock' statistics on alcohol abuse

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 October 2010

Mercury Office. Binge Drinking posed picture with Alex Ross.; 31-3-09

Mercury Office. Binge Drinking posed picture with Alex Ross.; 31-3-09

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NEARLY 100,000 people were admitted to hospitals across the South West because of alcohol abuse last year, new figures have revealed.

NHS South West director of public health, Dr Gabriel Scally, has called the statistics ‘shocking’ and has launched an initiative to combat the problem.

He is calling on communities to join hands with health services across the region to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Dr Scally said: “Not only is alcohol leading to the hospitalisation of many under 18s in the South West each year, but we also know that young people across the region are badly affected by their parents’ drinking.

“This call to action is for everyone affected by alcohol to work together to raise awareness of the issue, to work with us to ensure the right support services are in place to help young people when they are experiencing problems, and to work to ensure they are not exposed to alcohol pressured to drink it.”

To help people support teenagers facing alcohol-rated problems, the NHS has launched a Calling Time guidance sheet.

For more details visit www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/home

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