Again according to the WAY survey, fewer 15 year olds report being a current drinker in Hackney and the City (29%) than most of Hackney’s statistical peers, the London average (35%) or the national average (57%). When looking at frequent drinking (at least once a fortnight), again the rate is lower in Hackney and the City (6%) than across London (7%) or England (14%) and many of Hackney’s statistical peers (Figure 51).
Figure 51: Self-reporting of frequent alcoholic drinking in 15 year olds (2015)
Examining rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions in under-18s, as a measure of harmful drinking in young people, reveals that Hackney has a rate in the middle of the range of its statistical peers (22 per 100,000 population), but significantly lower than the national average (Figure 52).
Figure 52: Alcohol-related hospital admissions in under-18s (pooled data 2010/11-2012/13)
Analysing the proportion of clients reporting alcohol misuse in the young people’s substance misuse service over time reveals that use peaked locally in May 2014 before falling back to 2013 levels, with the national rates being relatively stable (Figure 53).
Figure 53: Proportion of clients reporting alcohol misuse over time (April 2013 – June 2015)