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BOOZE LANDS BABIES IN A&E; 6800 children treated.

Byline: Lynn McPherson

Babies were among nearly 7000 children rushed to A&E in Scotland because of alcohol-related illness in the last five years, the Sunday Mail can reveal.

We obtained figures which show that 6825 under-18s made ill by booze have been seen at casualty departments since 2010.

And 42 of them were just a year old or younger.

In one NHS area, a child less than a year old was treated for mental and behavioural disorders caused by withdrawal from alcohol.

And another tot was admitted to hospital with mental and behavioural disorders caused by acute intoxication.

The figures also reveal cases of kids accidentally poisoned by alcohol, and of newborn and unborn children affected by their mothers' drinking.

Scottish Labour equality spokeswoman Jenny Marra said the figures laid bare Scotland's problems with alcohol. She added: "It's clear even young people and children are damaging their health and safety with alcohol misuse.

"With the Scottish Government's plan for a minimum price on alcohol tied up in the courts, we need to look again at alternative measures that will reduce high levels of harmful drinking and set a better example to young people and children."

The Scottish Government said any case of a child made ill by alcohol was extremely worrying, but drinking by 13 to 15-year-olds was at its lowest level since 1990.

They said they had worked to crack down on alcohol sales to children and improve education and guidance for schools, parents and carers.

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