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On Monday 30th September on Victoria Derbyshire's programme we will reveal, for the first time, Freedom of Information figures which show just how many children aged 11 or younger have been admitted to Accident and Emergency departments across the UK because they had drunk too much.

The figures also show the number of teenagers aged 17 and under who've had to stay in hospital with alcohol related conditions or drug abuse. From 1000am Victoria will hear from A&E doctors, parents, charities and the children themselves.

Have a listen now to "Rob" who's 17 and from West Yorkshire and has been admitted to hospital twice after heavy drinking:

 
The figures are pretty comprehensive, 125 of the UK's 189 NHS Trusts and Health Boards responded to our request for information. This is the first time UK wide figures have been revealed. They will show:
  • an increase in the number of children aged 11 or under attending A&E with alcohol related conditions
  • an increase in the number of children aged 11 or under attending A&E with drug related conditions
  • which parts of the UK see the most admissions to hospital from teenagers and young people who've drank too much
  • whether more girls or boys are being taken to hospital for alcohol and drug related problems

Morten Draegebo is an Accident and Emergency consultant at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock. He told 5 live the dangers to which children are exposed:

 
Official advice from the chief medical officers across the UK is that no children should be given alcohol until they are 16, and alcohol should only be given to older teenagers under supervision of a carer or parent, and never on more than one day a week.

These teenagers in Pontypool and Cwmbran in South Wales told our reporter Mark Hutchings there is a problem of underage drinking in their areas resulting in verbal abuse, physical injury and A&E admissions.

Listen to Victoria Derbyshire's programme from 10.00am on Monday to hear those figures in full.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by carrie

    on 5 Oct 2013 09:08

    Yesterday I listened to a programme on Radio Four, More or Less, which completely debunked these stats and facts. One station knocked down by another.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Amysmythe

    on 2 Oct 2013 21:04

    Perhaps the children have been subject to too much misery in their lives. You know the sort of things that Victoria Derbyshire's show has on it every single day.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by zelda

    on 30 Sept 2013 19:25

    @ Msg 5...... the most depressing thing about this mornings interviews with the underage drinkers was that those specimens are this country's future. It doesn't bear thinking about.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 30 Sept 2013 18:20

    This programme should be re-titled 'Victoria Derbyshire depresses the nation/.

    Couldn't avoid listening this morning - person I was with said, 'Blimey, this is jolly'.

    The whole format needs radical overhaul - much as a lot of Five Live. Reliance on phone in misery is not a recipe for good radio.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Helen

    on 30 Sept 2013 11:14

    Is there a copy of the FOI responses somewhere?

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by mistered5

    on 29 Sept 2013 13:25

    Yet another cheerful subject on Misery Hour...

    No doubt it will all be the fault of stay away Fathers or men in general like every other depressing subject on this programme. Can the producers not find a happy or uplifting story to feature?

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by carrie

    on 28 Sept 2013 10:25

    Don't you think the parents are at least partially to blame? The interesting thing would be to hear the incidence of high adult alcohol intake in these towns and whether it then reflects in the kids. Strange as it may seem, if your parents drink a lot, you probably will too. I am bored with society being blamed when often you don't need to look further than the parents and grandparents.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Jasmine

    on 28 Sept 2013 09:33

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