The Glasgow Evening Times reports on the tragic truth that a number of young children in Scotland are receiving treatment for some form of alcohol related brain damage. The youngest is a 9-year-old boy who has been seeking medical help during the last 5 years.

The report also reveals that thousands more adults aged between 25 and 44 are also hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders relating to heavy drink abuse.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said “ARBD (Alcohol Related Brain Damage) is the term used to describe a number of serious medical conditions where the function of the brain is impaired as a result of prolonged alcohol misuse.”

Great concern

Alison Douglas, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said “Glasgow has the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital stays in Scotland; more than double the rate in Dumfries and Galloway. It is particularly concerning that so many children and young people need hospital treatment because of their drinking.”

The correct treatment and support received by patients can often reverse the effects of ARBD. There has been a big focus on Scotland and its difficult relationship with alcohol in recent times. The Scottish Government has called for a ban on alcohol advertising in public spaces which includes sponsorship of large sporting and cultural activities. Their strategy for change has also encouraged tackling cheap prices and promotional deals in outlets where alcohol can be bought.

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