Health experts are alarmed by school and university students routinely going on alcohol blinders, as new figures show more than 1000 children were treated at Perth hospital emergency departments last year for alcohol or drug use.

Researchers and doctors say teenagers are drinking more and at younger ages, putting them on a path of regular binge drinking by the time they start work or university.They were also exposed to more blatant marketing such as Jim Beam on Campus, a Facebook-based campaign which invited students to nominate their university to win prizes such as bar credit.

The WA Health Department said 1083 people under the age of 18 were treated at metropolitan emergency departments for alcohol or drug use last year, the second highest number in six years.

via Alarm at rise in young drunks – The West Australian.