NRW: Over 40 percent fewer binge drinkers than before the pandemic

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In North Rhine-Westphalia, 2,491 children and young people had to be treated in hospital after acute alcohol poisoning last year – of which 1,296 were boys and 1,195 were girls. Compared to the year before 2020, this is a decrease of seven percent. It is striking that in the younger age group of ten to fourteen years, more girls were admitted to the hospital (287 girls, 145 boys). In the age group 15 to 19 years, the ratio is reversed (908 girls, 1,151 boys). Overall, the number of affected 10-19-year-olds remained at a much lower level in the second year of the pandemic than in 2019: In the pre-Corona year, around 40 percent more people with alcohol poisoning had to be treated in hospital, namely 4,387 children and teenagers. This is shown by figures from the state statistical office for North Rhine-Westphalia*. Read more in our current press release.

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Your press team from DAK-Gesundheit Nordrhein-Westfalen

NRW: Over 40 percent fewer binge drinkers than before the pandemic

  • In 2021, 2,491 children and young people had to be hospitalized after alcohol abuse
  • In 2019, 4,387 children were treated
  • This corresponds to a drop of more than 40 percent

In North Rhine-Westphalia, 2,491 children and young people had to be treated in hospital after acute alcohol poisoning last year – of which 1,296 were boys and 1,195 were girls.
Compared to the year before 2020, this is a decrease of seven percent. It is striking that in the younger age group of ten to fourteen years, more girls were admitted to the hospital (287 girls, 145 boys). In the age group 15 to 19 years, the ratio is reversed (908 girls, 1,151 boys). Overall, the number of affected 10-19-year-olds remained at a much lower level in the second year of the pandemic than in 2019: In the pre-Corona year, around 40 percent more people with alcohol poisoning had to be treated in hospital, namely 4,387 children and teenagers. This is shown by figures from the state statistical office for North Rhine-Westphalia*.

“I am very happy that we have seen a significant decrease in alcohol-related hospital admissions among children and young people. So that a catch-up effect after Corona does not set in, and the so-called binge drinking increases again, we must continue to work on it. For that reason, we will continue our successful prevention campaign ‘colorful instead of blue’ in the coming year and bring the topics of prevention and health into everyday school life,” says Klaus Overdiek, head of DAK’s state representation.

Education Minister Dorothee Feller is patron

In the DAK competition “colorful instead of blue – art against binge drinking”, school children between the ages of twelve and 17 are asked to design posters with creative messages against binge drinking. Nationwide, 11,000 schools are invited to participate. Individual entries and team submissions are also possible. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2023. The multiple award-winning prevention campaign is now running for the 14th time and is under the patronage of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Education, Dorothee Feller. “I am very pleased that Dorothee Feller will continue to support ‘color instead of blue’ as Patron in 2023,” said Overdiek.

Further information on the “colorful instead of blue” campaign and on the topic of alcohol prevention can be found at www.dak.de/buntstattblau and www.dak.de/aktionglasklar.

*Hospitalized patients aged 10 to under 20 discharged from German hospitals who reside in North Rhine-Westphalia, source: North Rhine-Westphalia’s statistical office – www.it.nrw/statistics

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Arno Praehler

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