Dutch pediatrician opens clinic for minors with alcohol problems
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Due to the increase in the abuse of alcohol among kids under the age of 16 in Holland, two specialists in the country will open a youth clinic in December to help young people overcome the problem.

Dr. Nico Van der Lely and child psychologist Mireille de Visser will open the clinic in the city of Delft in order to investigate the causes of alcohol abuse and present healthy alternatives through questionnaires, education and counseling, involving both teenagers and their parents and schools in the process.

The clinic will also research the long-term brain damage alcohol abuse causes to teenagers, such as hypothermia and physical violence.  The project is the result of concern by many pediatricians about the brain damage the problem causes in young people.

In Holland some 500-1000 teens are hospitalized each year due to alcohol abuse.

Dr. Van der Lely explained that kids between 12 and 13 years of age have been hospitalized with a blood alcohol level of .06.  Of these 60% are girls and two-thirds get drunk at home.  In addition, the boys who are hospitalized have often been admitted before.

“At 12 years of age, the brain of a child is not yet developed and the influence of sexual hormones is just beginning to occur,” he noted.  “If it is exposed to a blood alcohol level of .06, which is becoming increasingly more common, the future of that child is clear.  As a pediatrician I must do something about it.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 19, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27