Facts and Figures

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  • More than 40% of children who start drinking before the age of 13 will go on to abuse alcohol or to become alcoholics at some point in their lives.
  • Data released by the NHS reveals that 33 children are admitted to hospital each day in England, with drink related problems. The NHS figures also reveal that 7034 kids under 18 years old received treatment for problems related to drinking alcohol in the first six months of 2011.
  • 1000 young people under the age of 15 are admitted to hospital each year with acute alcohol poisoning. All need emergency treatment and some die.
  • Alcohol is now causing more DEATHS than heroin, speed, cocaine, ecstacy and cannabis combined.
  • An individual who begins drinking as a young teen is four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than someone who waits until adulthood to use alcohol.
  • Almost one in ten boys and around one in eight girls aged 15 to 16 have unsafe sex after drinking alcohol.
  • The British Medical Association states that alcohol is a factor in 75% of stabbings,  70% of beatings and 60-70% of murders.