225 KIDS UNDER 10 TREATED FOR ALCOHOL ABUSE; MSP demands action on boozeculture.
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AN MSP says urgent action is needed after figures revealed up to 225 Scots kids under the age of 10 have been treated for alcoholrelated injuries or illness in the last three years.
Scottish Lib Dems health spokesman Jim Hume spoke out after his party obtained the stats through a freedom of information request.
The MSP said: "These children should be out kicking a ball about, not hitting the bottle.
"People will be shocked by these statistics.
"It should set alarm bells ringing across society that so many young people who shouldn't be drinking are being treated for alcoholrelated conditions.
"Problem drinking can rip families apart and places enormous financial strain on our public services - from our hospitals to our criminal justice system."
Ayrshire and Arran was the worst affected NHS health board area for alcohol misuse - with 86 under-10s treated, followed by Tayside with 61 cases and Forth Valley with 33.
The numbers soared in the 10 to 18 age group - with 4884 treated for an alcoholrelated condition.
Ayrshire and Arran also topped that list with 1483 cases, followed by Tayside with 1385 and Forth Valley with 612.
Hume added: "If we are to change our national drinking culture, young people must be given the education they need to make informed decisions about the impact alcohol misuse can have on their lives."
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