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Declining numbers of teenage binge drinkers - nevertheless many hospital stays
So-called binge drinking among young people has gone out of fashion more in recent years, but some teenagers still drink far too much. In Bavaria alone, more than 4,000 children and adolescents had to be treated in a hospital for alcohol poisoning in 2016.
Number of juvenile binge drinkers in Bavaria is falling
The so-called binge drinking has caused a lot of excitement in recent years. Many people were concerned that both girls, but especially boys, get drunk up to alcohol poisoning during their puberty. But it has been shown for a long time that “drinking intoxication” goes out of fashion among teenagers. The number of young binge drinkers in Bavaria has dropped to the lowest level in nine years, as reported by DAK-Gesundheit. Nevertheless, in 2016, over 4,000 young people ended up in a clinic in the Free State after alcohol abuse.
Trend reversal years ago
As the health insurance company wrote in a statement, 4,392 children and adolescents with alcohol poisoning came to the hospital in 2016 according to unpublished figures from the Bavarian State Statistical Office.
Compared to 2015, the number of people affected fell by 2.5 percent.
According to the information, 2,651 boys and 1,741 girls between the ages of 10 and 20 were treated in a clinic after alcohol abuse in Bavaria last year.
The number of men affected fell by 60 (minus 2.2 percent) compared to the previous year, for girls and young women there was a decrease of 52 (minus 2.9 percent).
The last time there was even less intoxicated drinkers than in 2016, when a total of 4,310 young people were treated in hospital - including 2,679 boys and 1,631 girls. The number of people affected had risen continuously until 2011. Since then it has been declining.
Alcohol abuse is a health hazard
“I am pleased that the number of young people with alcohol poisoning has dropped again last year. This trend spurs us on to continue our successful prevention work, ”said Melanie Huml, Bavaria's Minister of Health.
It is to be hoped that the trend will continue for a long time and that alcohol abuse will generally be reduced.
Especially against the background that high alcohol consumption promotes or causes numerous diseases such as fatty liver or gastritis and increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks.
Education instead of bans
But: "Despite the encouraging trend, alcohol prevention without a forefinger is still indispensable for us," said Sophie Schwab, head of the DAK health agency in Bavaria.
"That is why we are continuing the successful education campaign 'colorful instead of blue' in 2018 in the Free State."
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