Younger teens and a number of children in the early stages of alcohol abuse are being put on special 'detox' programmes, new records reveal.
Psychiatric treatment and powerful opiate-replacement drugs are also being used to help teenagers control their drinking.
More than 240 young people and children are now being hospitalised annually due to alcohol and drugs related problems.
In total, 1,947 have required urgent hospital treatment since 2008.
Source: Mark O'Regan, Independent.ie, 03/10/17