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Alcoholic Drinks: Children

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children attended emergency departments as a result of excessive alcohol consumption in each of the last five years. (147983)

This information is not recorded centrally. However, the following table details the number of admissions to hospital for children whose initial attendance at an accident and emergency department was for an alcohol-related problem.

National health service hospitals England 2001-02 to 2005-06

Finished admission episodes (alcohol related, selected methods of emergency admissions)

2001-02

3,618

2002-03

3,335

2003-04

3,826

2004-05

3,716

2005-06

3,939

Note:

Counts of finished admission episodes where there was a primary diagnosis code for selected *alcohol related diseases and for selected **methods of admission for children aged 15 and under.

*Alcohol related diseases defined as following ICD-10 codes recorded in primary diagnosis:

F10: Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol;

K70: Alcoholic liver disease;

T51: Toxic effect of alcohol.

**Selected methods of admission:

Emergency (via A and E services including the casualty department of the provider);

Emergency (other means, including patients who arrive via A and E department of another health care provider).