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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 August, 2003, 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
Six Forum: Underage Drinking
Jim Minton from the drinks industry body, the Portman Group, answered your questions.

Accident and Emergency wards are treating more children for binge-drinking than ever before, according to research carried out by the BBC Six O'Clock News.

The BBC spoke to 51 A&E departments across the UK. Seventy-three percent said that the number of under-18s treated for alcohol-related illness had gone up in the last five years.

One hospital said that it sees nearly 100 children a week during school holidays.

The news comes as councils struggle to crack down on traders who illegally sell alcohol to teenagers.

In Oxford and Flintshire, police and council officials plan to introduce identity cards for teenagers in order to combat the problem.

How can the problem of underage drinking be tackled? What should concerned parents do?

Your questions were answered by Jim Minton from the drinks industry body, the Portman Group.


SEE ALSO:
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Pledge to stamp out underage drinking
30 Jun 03  |  Shropshire
Concern over teen drinking
25 Mar 03  |  Wales
Underage drinkers targeted
18 Apr 03  |  Leicestershire


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