The number of teenagers across the Five Towns being admitted to hospital with alcohol related conditions has fallen by almost 20 per cent.
Figures released by Wakefield Council show that 148 youngsters aged under 18 were admitted to hospital between March 2012 and March 2013, compared to 179 in the year up to March 2010.
But despite the fall, Wakefield district is still the second highest in Yorkshire for teenagers being admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning and alcoholic gastritis.
Dr Andrew Furber, director of public health at Wakefield Council, said: “While it is a positive sign that these figures are coming down, it is tragic that anyone under the age of 18 should have to be admitted to hospital for such conditions.
“Recent headlines surrounding the ‘neknominate’ challenge currently sweeping social media only serve to highlight the severe lack of understanding by young people about the toxic consequences of drinking copious amounts of alcohol in a short period of time can have on the human body.”
Coun Pat Garbutt, cabinet member for adults and health, said: “There could be a number of explanations for this. Pubs and retailers are getting better at challenging under-age drinking and checking IDs much more often.
“Awareness campaigns about daily alcohol guidelines and an increase in negative media coverage about the binge drinking culture could all have had an effect too.”
If you are experiencing problems with drinking call the Targeted Youth Support Team on 01924 303600.