Lower Saxony: Over 40 percent less alcohol consumption by teenagers than before the pandemic

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In Lower Saxony, 1,012 children and young people had to be treated in hospital after acute alcohol poisoning last year – 551 boys and 461 girls. Compared to the year before 2020, this is a small increase of seven percent. It is striking that in the younger age group of ten to fourteen years, more girls were admitted to the hospital (117 girls, 51 boys). In the age group 15 to 19 years, the ratio is reversed (344 girls, 500 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 1,735 children and teenagers. This is shown by figures from the Lower Saxony Statistical Office*. Read more in our current press release.

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Your DAK-Gesundheit Niedersachsen press team

Lower Saxony: Over 40 percent less alcohol consumption by teenagers than before the pandemic

  • In 2021, 1,012 children and young people had to be hospitalized after alcohol abuse
  • In 2019, 1,735 children and young people were treated
  • This corresponds to a decrease of 40 percent

In Lower Saxony, 1,012 children and young people had to be treated in hospital after acute alcohol poisoning last year – 551 boys and 461 girls.
Compared to the year before 2020, this is a small increase of seven percent. It is striking that in the younger age group of ten to fourteen years, more girls were admitted to the hospital (117 girls, 51 boys). In the age group 15 to 19 years, the ratio is reversed (344 girls, 500 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 1,735 children and teenagers. This is shown by figures from the Lower Saxony Statistical Office*.

“Compared to 2019, we see a significant decrease, but compared to 2020, a slight increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions among children and young people. To stop this trend, we continue to depend on effective prevention and will therefore continue our successful campaign ‘colourful instead of blue’ in the coming year,’ says Dirk Vennekold, head of DAK’s state representation.

Protection: Minister Daniela Behrens

The campaign is under the patronage of Lower Saxony’s Minister of Youth and Health, Daniela Behrens. “The figures show that we must continue to be aware and active in prevention and information,” says Daniela Behrens. “In any case, I am especially thinking about the limited leisure opportunities during the pandemic. What would the numbers look like otherwise? I am particularly concerned about the increase in younger girls. That’s why competition is so important. The address is at eye level among peers and reaches children and young people more than strict admonitions from adults,’ continues Behrens.

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 31 March 2023. The multi-award winning prevention campaign is now running for the 14th time and is under the patronage of Lower Saxony’s Minister of Social Affairs, Daniela Behrens. “I am very happy that Daniela Behrens is supporting ‘colorful instead of blue’ again in 2023,” says Vennekold.

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

*Hospitalized patients aged 10 to under 20 who have been discharged from German hospitals and live in Lower Saxony, source: Niedersachsen Statistisk Statistisk Kontor – www.statistics.niedersachsen.de

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Arno Praehler

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