Thousands injured overseas due to holiday drinking. Should New Orleans partying be toned down a little?
By: BBC.com Newsbeat
Newsbeat has seen figures showing more than 126,000 16 to 34-year-olds needed hospital treatment because of booze in England last year.
That is a rise of nearly 20% over five years.
Officials say it's risen in Northern Ireland too but dropped in Scotland and Wales over a similar period.
Doctor Zul Mirza from the College of Emergency Medicine says the problem is costing the NHS £3 billion every year.
"That cost comes through occupying beds, medication and treatment," he said.
An alcohol related admission is an injury or illness caused by booze which needs medical attention.
"Broken bones, head injuries to long term things like liver and heart," he added.
"We're not saying you shouldn't drink but alcohol can cause life threatening problems."
The government say they are taking tough action against binge drinking, while Dr Mirza agrees with the idea of minimum pricing on a unit of alcohol.
'More affordable' "There's a combination of factors here," he said. "I think peer pressure plays a part and it's also made worse by alcohol strength being much stronger now.
Figures released to Newsbeat by the NHS Information Centre show there was a 26% rise in the number of females admitted to hospital because of alcohol in the year 2011/12.
"We deal with about 20 patients a night, so that's 20 hospital beds freed up," says Emma Weaver, a paramedic. "Last night we went to 10 patients and nine of them were young females who had overdone it on the drink."
"A&E is for medical emergencies and I'm glad I've been taken here rather than using up doctors and nurses time," she added. "It's good that there is this help but we are buffering these people and maybe these people would learn if less help was available."
With Mardi Gras parades and partying gearing up, should New Orleans and the area consider coming down harder on alcohol offenders to avoid future injuries or problems?
Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.
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