Monday, 26 January 2009

Figures show 40% increase in under 18's alcohol/drug abuse

Nearly 24,000 children were treated for drug and alcohol abuse last year, a rise of more than 40 per cent in two years. However, experts suggested that part of the increase was because access to services was improving.
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) said 23,905 under-18s in England were helped with drug and alcohol problems in 2007-08, compared with 17,001 two years before.
Four out of five of all young people receiving specialist help or counselling were treated for problems with cannabis or alcohol, the agency added.
The report was published as other figures showed that more than one in three British adults drinks more than the recommended daily alcohol limit at least one day a week. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that one in five adults consumed more than double that limit on the day of drinking most.
Read this article from TimesOnline in full

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