The average amount of alcohol consumed by 11 to 13 year olds every week has almost doubled since it was last recorded in 1996, from 5.5 units to 10.1 units in 2006. Among girls, the amount has more than doubled.

Figures released by the Information Centre for health and social care show that alcohol-related hospital admissions for adults have almost doubled from 89,280 in 1995-96 to 187,640 in 2005-06. Among children, the increase was from 3,870 in 1995-96 to 5,280 in 2005-06 - an increase of a third.

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