Thousands of children are admitted to hospital for alcohol abuse

Almost 5,000 children under the age of 18 were hospitalised last year because they had drunk too much alcohol, new figures reveal.

The equivalent of almost 100 children a week ended up in hospital because of their drinking in 2006/7, according to data from the NHS.

The figures also found, overall, number of people admitted to wards in England due to their drinking has doubled in just over a decade.

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