Report looks at deadly impacts of alcohol on children and young people» 09/09/2011, Posted by Site Admin
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The Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) has released a special report into the role of alcohol in the deaths of children and young people in New Zealand - 'The involvement of alcohol consumption in the deaths of children and young people in New Zealand during the years 2005- 2007'
The report highlights the strong contribution of alcohol to the dramatic increase in the rate of death by injury after the age of fifteen.
CYMRC operates under the umbrella of the Health Quality and Safety Commission and reviews the deaths of children and young people aged from 28 days to 24 years old.
While it is commonly accepted that alcohol misuse is harmful, very little is known about the effects of alcohol on the lives of children in New Zealand, particularly those under the age of 16. This special report was commissioned to investigate the role that alcohol consumption plays in the deaths of children and young people in New Zealand.
This report examines 357 deaths of children and young people aged between 4 weeks and 24 years who died in New Zealand during the years 2005 to 2007. In 87 of these, the death was attributable to alcohol or alcohol clearly contributed to the death. Of these 87 deaths, 49 involved a motor vehicle, 16 involved assault and 11 were due to drowning. The majority of these deaths related to young people 15 to 24 years.
The data shows a dramatic increase in death rates for injury from age 15 years onwards; much of this relates to adolescent risk-taking behaviour for which alcohol is a precipitating factor.
The report also highlights that too many young people are victims of their own drinking or victims of the drinking of others. These issues represent different parts of the same problem but require different strategies for prevention. Victims of their own drinking typically drive while intoxicated, carry out risky behaviours (eg, being an intoxicated pedestrian) or drink to the point of poisoning and death. Most victims of others' drinking get into cars with, or are injured by, an intoxicated driver or are assaulted by people who are drunk.
The report is attached, and is also available from the Health Quality and Safety Commission's website at www.hqsc.govt.nz and the CYMRC website at www.cymrc.health.govt.nz.