Alcohol-related illnesses shoot up among young women

Alcohol-related illnesses are rising dramatically among young women in Stockholm.

Alcohol-related illnesses shoot up among young women
Photo: Louise Billgert

The number of women aged 16 to 24 admitted to hospital suffering from alcohol-related illnesses has risen 119 percent since the late 1990s, according to a new report from Stockholm County Council.

“The continued rise in alcohol-related illnesses among young women is very worrying,” said alcohol researcher Björn Trolldal. He called for specially targeted measures to deal with the problem.

The number of men in the same age group suffering from alcohol-related problems was up 32 percent.

A total of 6,500 people were admitted to hospital in Stockholm for alcohol-related illnesses last year. Overall, the number of people admitted with alcohol problems was up ten percent since the late 1990s.

Politicians in Stockholm expressed concern at the figures. Liberal Birgitta Rydberg, who holds the council health portfolio, said efforts were needed beyond the health service.

“This is a job that goes beyond than the healthcare sector – it also affects municipalities, social services, schools, workplaces and the private network around every individual,” Rydberg said.