Fewer German teens treated for alcohol abuse: report

December 12, 2014 9:50 am 

BERLIN, Dec. 11 — The number of German teenagers who overdrink themselves to end up in hospital emergency rooms is on the decline, figures from German health insurers DAK showed Wednesday.

Preliminary figures from nine of Germany's 16 states showed a 13 percent drop in hospital admissions for alcohol poisoning among young people in 2013 compared with 2012, which translated to a total of 18,500 cases, according to a report by DAK.

The insurers expected the number for the whole country to be well under 25,000 – "the lowest number since 2008", said a DAK spokesman.

In 2012, more than 26,600 German teenagers between 10 and 20 years old were treated in hospitals for excessive alcohol consumption.

The spokesman told media there was obviously an effect from the increased information aimed at young people about the dangers of alcohol abuse, adding that further methods, such as test purchases, could be used to check the compliance with protection of minors in alcohol sales and thereby help prevent alcohol abuse among young people. (PNA/Xinhua)

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