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Alcohol-related presentations to the emergency department among young people: some concerns
  1. Robert Patton
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robert Patton, Department of Addictions, Kings College London, 4 Windsor Walk, London SE5 8BB, UK; robert.patton{at}

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The recent BBC report on the number of under-11 year olds admitted to emergency departments (EDs) after ‘drinking too much’1 raises a number of concerns. We feel that the numbers presented are misleading as it is our understanding that the Freedom of Information request required hospital trusts to report on the frequency with which alcohol, drunk or other related terms appeared as a ‘free text’ entry in the patient notes—such a system could flag a …

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  • Contributors RP was responsible for all aspects of this publication.

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