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Binge drinking fears raised

PUBLISHED: 17:37 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:19 25 August 2010

THE number of London youths being taken to hospital after binge drinking has doubled in five years, figures revealed.

THE number of London youths being taken to hospital after binge drinking has doubled in five years, figures revealed.

Alcohol-related hospital admissions for 11 to 18-year-olds shot up by 51 per cent, between 2003 and 2008, the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance reported last Friday.

However, fewer youths said they took drugs, with the proportion of 11 to 18-year-olds using cocaine falling from 7.1 per cent in 2005 to 4.7 per cent in 2007.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "It is encouraging to see a noticeable reduction in cocaine use among young people over the last couple of years.

"Fewer young Londoners are using drugs but we can't be complacent; substance abuse causes widespread problems across the city. The rise in police arrests for drug offences shows that we are beginning to tackle this problem and that drug possession will not be tolerated.

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