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More Children Being Treated for Alcohol Abuse at UK Clinic

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Children as young as nine are being treated for binge drinking at a clinic in the UK. Andrew Hall, chief executive of Alcohol Support, which runs Albyn House clinic in Aberdeen, said that the majority of the children being treated are between 11 and 15.

“There is an increasing demand on our service from children aged nine and up—it’s a growing problem,” The Sun quoted Hall as saying. “At one stage this year we were treating six children under the age of 10.”

“All the evidence shows that children are starting to drink earlier, they are drinking more and the results are getting worse—w e now have kids dying of liver failure,” Hall added. He believes parents drinking in front of their kids may be setting a bad example.

“Drinking used to be done in pubs but now you get a lot more people drinking wine at home. When children see drunkenness, the whole attitude of that child changes dramatically.”

Counselor Francesca Martin, who works with children and families affected by alcoholism, explained why many kids start drinking. “They have a lot of problems one way or the other. A lot of them would admit to feeling quite vulnerable when they are drunk. Sometimes it can be about sex. They can’t remember what happened the night before, where they have been and who they have been with.”