Almost 300 drunk children admitted to A&E last year

There are concerns than many children are experimenting with alcohol at a young age as new data reveals that almost 300 children were admitted to Accident and Emergency (A&E) last year due to drinking too much.

According to, Freedom of Information requests were made by BBC Radio 5 live to 125 NHS (National Health Service) organisations.

The information showed that between 2012 and 2013, 6,500 children under the age of 18 were admitted to hospital for illnesses related to drinking too much, reports

Over the last five years almost 48,000 admissions were related to those under 18s who needed treatment for illnesses caused by either drug or alcohol abuse.

In addition, the data showed that more girls than boys are turning up at hospital.

Those are concerned that their child could be suffering from alcohol or drug abuse can seek help. One way to do this is to speak to an expert through a counselling course, as they may be able to find out why the young person is drinking so much.

Professor Ian Gilmore, chairman of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance said that although the number of under 18s drinking could be falling, those who are drinking are choosing to drink more.

"I think in under-11s, it's mainly experimenting, but I think we see children in the 11 to 16-year-old range who are beginning to drink regularly," he said.