Teenage alcohol related hospitalisation post legal drinking age rise in Holland
The number of children hospitalised in the Netherlands with alcohol poisoning rose last year to 783, according to child healthcare monitoring organisation Nederlands Signaleringscentrum Kindergeneeskunde. In 2012 and 2013, around 700 youngsters aged 10 to 17 were taken to hospital after drinking too much. In 2014, the number of girls was slightly higher than boys. The 2014 increase included a ‘notable’ rise in the number of 13 and 14 year olds. The number of 16 and 17 year olds hospitalized due to alcohol shows a small decrease. Paediatrician Nico van der Lely commented that this could be due to the introduction of an 18-plus age limit on all alcoholic drinks. ‘Nevertheless, the introduction of the law has not led to a real change in mentality,’ he added.