Germany moves to curb binge-drinking

by Mattia Rosini - 2013.02.27
Germany moves to curb binge-drinking
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A rise in the number of children and young people ending up in hospital as a result of excess alcohol is causing concern in Germany. In 2012, 26,500 young people aged between 10 and 20 years were admitted to hospital because of binge drinking. This compares with 13,000 in 2002. However, it's not just drinking among young people that is causing alarm. The effects of alcohol are being felt throughout the population as a whole. Last year, the physical and psychological consequences of alcohol were one of the main causes of hospitalisations in Germany, second only to cardiac problems. The federal commissioner for drugs and addiction, Mechthild Dyckmans, has now announced severe measures to control the sale and consumption of alcohol.

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