KO za otroško, mladostniško in razvojno nevrologijo, Univerzitetni klinični center Ljubljana, Pediatrična klinika, Ljubljana, Slovenija
Alcoholic beverages are easily accessible to young people in Slovenia. Their way of life, everyday stresses and worries, desire to please and not to stand out, desire for relaxation and ease in making contacts, and adults having too little time for children and adolescents at the same time, lead to alcohol drinking with adverse health effects. This paper presents alcohol intoxication, signs and symptoms, urgent medical help and its prevalence in Slovenia.
Key words: alcohol, child, adolescent, intoxication, poisoning.