40 Sussex children treated for alcohol addiction in 2010/11

Recent figures have shown that in Sussex during the years 2010 to 2011 40 children who are aged between 12 and 13 years old were treated for an addiction to alcohol. It is estimated that East Sussex has the highest number of children who are addicted to alcohol when they are under 13 years old in the entire country.

Various experts have said that drinking young is incredibly dangerous and that becoming an alcoholic at such a young age can have a very damaging effect on brain development. These figures were recently released after a question was put to Parliament from Tracy Crouch an MP working for Chatham and Aylesford.

The figures which were seen in Sussex were significantly larger than some other parts of the country, where much fewer children were treated for alcohol addiction. Figures for older children are equally worrying with an estimated 110 children approaching their doctor and admitting that they had an alcohol problem.

The situation in West Sussex, compared to East Sussex, was not nearly as bad, with far fewer children seeking help. Health officials recently commented that as children get older the treatment of alcohol addiction changes.

During the younger years it is often the case that children have to be admitted to hospital, whereas once they have gone through the teenage years, the problem is usually more associated with behaviour and mental issues, rather than the physical.

The Goal Group is an alcohol dependency support group in Brighton and they have commented that in recent years they’ve seen an increase in the number of young people coming to the sessions in order to tackle alcohol addiction.