Binge drinking: More and more young people in clinics

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Prevention campaign should protect teenagers from coma binge drinking

Binge drinking is very popular with many young people. As can be seen from the provisional figures from the State Statistical Offices for nine federal states, the number of “binge drinkers” aged 10 to 20 years who were admitted to Saxon clinics rose by 0.8 percent compared to the previous year. A total of 767 adolescents were treated in a hospital in Saxony due to heavy alcohol consumption.

In 2011, a total of 21,400 young people in the nine federal states got so drunk that they had to be looked after in a clinic. This corresponds to an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the previous year. The health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit presented the report on Friday in Hamburg.

Prevention campaign "colorful against blue" against binge drinking The prevention campaign "colorful against blue" of the DAK-Gesundheit was launched in 2010. Since then, more than 35,000 schoolchildren between the ages of 12 and 17 have been designing posters against the "binge drinking" among young people. In addition to the federal patron of the campaign, Mechthild Dyckmans, drug officer of the federal government, numerous search experts, politicians and artists at federal, state and regional level support the campaign.

"We assume that the number of binge drinkers nationwide will remain at a high level, even if there is a positive development in some federal states," explains Herbert Rebscher, CEO of DAK-Gesundheit. “It is therefore important to provide permanent information about the dangers of drinking intoxication. Since young people are “color instead of blue” themselves, the campaign is particularly successful and is now being continued. ”(Sb)

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