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Fifteen children a day attend Scottish emergency departments as result of drinking alcohol

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1036
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

About 15 children a day in Scotland under the age of 17 are arriving at hospital emergency departments drunk and in need of treatment.

The extent of the problem has been shown in an audit carried out at all 21 emergency departments in Scotland over six weeks. It found that 648 children under the age of 17 needed help for the effects of drinking alcohol, including 15 aged under 12 and one as young as …

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