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Who’s afraid of adults? Drunk and depressed children listening to their therapist

by | 30th, September 2013

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TWO stories in today’s papers stand out:

The Times leads with news that Under 11s are getting drunk and seeking treatment in A&E departments.

Hundreds of primary-school age children were admitted to accident and emergency departments for alcohol-related problems last year, it has been revealed. The 293 admissions, up by a third on 2011, came after a year in which more than 6,500 under-18s were taken to hospital as a consequence of drinking.

What about drugs?

The numbers, which were obtained through a freedom of information request, also found that 145 children under 11 were admitted to A&E with drug-related conditions, up by 14 per cent on the previous year.


Accident and emergency departments have dealt with almost 48,000 incidents during the past five years in which children were admitted for drink or drug-related illnesses. Of those, 438 involved children aged under 11. The figures show that more girls than boys are being taken to hospital.

And then there is a spot of scaremongering based on fears:

“There is a problem with their ability to defend themselves,” Morten Draegebo, of Cross House Hospital in Kilmarnock, said. “The typical patient may be found in a field. They often need to hide away from any sort of adults in the area so they’re picked up by the Ambulance Service.”

Hide away from adults? Is that how children are being raised: to see adults as potential abusers? Is that how the State views adults?

Mr Draegebo adds:

“They are unable to defend themselves even from assault.”

Are many assaulted?

“We have had many cases where young teenage females have come in saying that they may have been sexually assaulted and they’re that intoxicated and are distressed and say ‘I may have been’, but they don’t even know if they have been or not. 

She doesn’t know? And did the medic ask if they have been assaulted or did the drunk ‘victim’ suggest it?

The suspicion is that such news is a step on the way to further demonising drinkers. Health warnings on bottles of wine and beer cannot be far away. Already young adults are asked for ID to prove that they are over 21 or “think 25”, as some supermarkets demand. But you can buy alcohol at age 18. The effect is not to protect the young but to make the adult into a child or demon. If you think that

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