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Alcohol abuse on the decline among German children

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Significantly fewer German school children received medical treatment for excessive alcohol consumption in 2020, according to a study by a leading health insurer. The report, conducted for DAK-Gesundheit, suggests that the number of children and adolescents who received medical treatment for alcohol abuse in hospitals or at doctors’ surgeries fell by 28 per cent during 2020 compared with 2019, before the pandemic. The study also shows a decline in the use of tobacco, cannabis and other drugs. In 2020, 18 per cent fewer children were treated for substance abuse. However, the report also found t…

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