Dutch paediatrician launches clinic for children with alcohol problemsBMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7571.720-c (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:720
- Tony Sheldon
A specialist hospital clinic for children with problems related to alcohol misuse is to be launched in the Netherlands. This follows a marked increase in admissions to hospital of children younger than 16 years old because of alcohol poisoning.
The initiative, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, is a response in particular to paediatricians' concerns about long term brain damage. An alarming trend has emerged of younger, prepubescent girls being admitted with increasingly greater concentrations of alcohol in their blood.
The trend reinforces the findings of the 2004 European school survey project on alcohol and other drugs, …