New data from Public Health England shows that over the past three years under 18’s across Nottingham were admitted to hospital 265 times due to alcohol.

Between 2013/14 and 2015/16 in Nottingham alone, 79 children were admitted to hospital for drinking. Of those admissions, 49 were for girls and 30 for boys. Outside of the city there was an additional 186 within the county.

Teenagers in Britain are the heaviest drinkers in Europe and rank among the worst in the world for binge drinking.

The number of hospital admissions of 15 to 24 year-old female patients is increasing at a faster rate than males. Figures by Public Health England reveal that girls in Nottinghamshire are more likely to be hospitalised than boys.

District hospital admissions

Over the three-year period, Nottinghamshire saw more underage drinkers taken to hospital than the rest of the East Midlands.

“Alcohol increases feelings of depression and anxiety ”

Brooke Bowers, Clinical team leader at rampton secure hospital

Today, fewer teenagers are waiting until they reach the legal age of 18 to drink. By the age of 15, nine out of ten teenagers have tried alcohol.

It’s been found that those who drink before they are of age put themselves at risk to serious mental health problems. Clinical team leader Brooke Bowers from Rampton Secure Hospital, Retford described the dangers of underage drinking.

“Consuming alcohol in excess damages your brain cells, if this is happening at the crucial age where your brain is still developing it can lead to severe memory loss problems and it will be hard to retain information.”

“Alcohol increases feelings of depression and anxiety which are contributing factors of suicide. Most teen suicides involve the use of alcohol and that’s now becoming one of the main causes of death among young people”.

Bowers added “the younger the individuals are when they being to use alcohol the higher the likelihood that they become alcoholics and will engage in criminal activity”

Bowers explains the risk of suicide with alcohol use.

If you’re worried about anybody who could be abusing alcohol or underage binge drinking, Change Grow Live is a charity who work with people who want to change their lives for the better and improve their health and wellbeing. There’s services available in Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby. See also Drinkaware for more advice on alcohol.

Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year:

  • £3.5bn to the NHS
  • £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime
  • £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs