Underage carnival fans suffer alcohol poisoning

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So far, emergency departments at hospitals in Eindhoven and Geldrop treated three underage teenagers suffering from alcohol poisoning during carnival. The youngsters ended up in hospital during the weekend.

More may follow, as celebrations last till Wednesday evening. According to local paper Eindhovens Dagblad (ED), two cases ended up at the Sint Anna Hospital. Another case was brought to the Catharina Hospital. The Maxima Medical Centre did not reveal figures.

Of course, in the Netherlands as in other countries, alcohol is officially not sold to underage children. Teenagers buying alcohol at pubs and in supermarkets, must show identification proving they are over 18 years old. However, checks are not water-tight.

It were not just teenagers which ended up in hospital suffering from alcohol poisoning. At the Sint Anna in Geldrop, three adults were also treated for alcohol poisoning. At the Catharina, eleven people were treated for alcohol poisoning.

First Aid was not just busy dealing with cases of alcohol poisoning. In addition, ten Carnival fans visited local hospitals for a broken ankle or other injuries caused by falls.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate

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