Nine 11 to 15 year olds a day were admitted to hospital in 2003 after drinking alcohol, according to the Department of Health. Paul Burstow, the Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said: "Teenage binge drinking is out of control. Alcohol abuse amongst teenagers is storing up huge long term health costs. "The number of children turning up in hospital because of alcohol is shocking. "Ministers have dithered and delayed over action to tackle the problem. Their alcohol strategy fails to get to grips with the binge culture which is putting the lives and health of so many teenagers at risk." John Heyworth, the former President of the British Association for Accident and Emergency Medicine said: "They're actually a little lower than I would have expected. "Children are more sensitive to alcohol and they underestimate the powers of alcohol. Even vomiting tends not to stop them from doing it again."