May 25 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Friday, September 14, 2012
»More than 20 under-18s are being treated for alcohol abuse in Haringey, it has been revealed.
Seven 14 and 15-year-olds and 18 teenagers aged 16 and 17 sought help for problems primarily with alcohol, according to figures released in a parliamentary written answer last week.
But unlike every neighbouring borough, Haringey isn’t treating any 12 or 13-year-olds for alcohol abuse. Across London, more than 65 children aged 12 or 13 – who would be in Year 7 and 8 at school – are seeking treatment.
Haringey also had fewer under-18s admitted to hospital for alcohol-related incidents per 100,000 than the London average. From 2008/9 to 2010/11 Haringey’s average was 32.67, compared to 35.27 for the whole of London.
In total, 126 under-18s accessed drug and alcohol treatment in Haringey last year, through schools, mental health services, youth justice services and health services.
But while this is an increase on the year before, it is being seen as a positive step by the council.
A spokesman said: “The number of young people seeking support has increased over the past year, and we welcome this rise in young people taking steps to address problems and seek expert help.
“There is a range of support and help available in the borough for young people affected by alcohol and substance misuse.
“Insight Haringey is a specialist drug and alcohol treatment service for young people aged 13-21, and Cosmic supports children and young people who have a range of needs due to parental substance misuse.
“Both organisations are supported by, and work closely with, the council’s Children and Families Service.”