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THE number of under 16s being admitted to hospital over alcohol abuse has fallen in the Portsmouth area.

In 2009 a total of 13 teenagers, aged 16 or under, were admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, to be treated for alcohol-related incidents.

This included one youngster aged 11.

But last year this figure fell to nine and this year currently stands at three.

The information, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, only relates to young people actually admitted to a hospital ward and does not cover those who receive treatment in the accident and emergency department for alcohol-related problems.

Alan Knobel, substance misuse coordinator for Portsmouth City Council, said that the fact that a teenager was actually admitted to hospital because of alcohol-related problems would mean that his or her medical condition is quite severe.

‘Hampshire Police and Trading Standards also carry out many initiatives such as their test purchases to make sure alcohol isn’t being sold to under 18s.

The city council has a new service called Switch, for under 25s wanting advice or help about alcohol or drug issues.

To find out more information call (023) 9282 5140.