AN alcohol crisis has taken hold among children in the local health board area, which includes the Dungannon District.
Some 36 local young people aged 15 and under needed treatment during the last three years, including 6 in the past 12 months.
The figures which have been released by the Department of Health, show that the Southern Health Trust had the second highest number of children suffering from alochol-related problems.
In each case alcohol was the primary reason for the child being admitted to hospital.
It is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or consume alcohol in Northern Ireland.
The figures were disclosed by the health minister on the same day it emerged dealing with alcohol abuse in Northern Ireland costs £900m a year.
It was revealed that alcohol misuse costs the Northern Ireland exchequer over £900m a year — around £500 for every man, woman and child.
Dr George O’Neill, chairman of Addiction NI, said the human cost was much greater.
“There’s not a single family in the province that isn’t somehow impacted, directly or indirectly, by the negative effect of these issues,” said Dr O’Neill.
Addiction NI has helped to deliver over 9,000 hours of counselling and dealt with 1,100 clients.
Health Minister Edwin Poots said alcohol abuse is one of the biggest public health challenges facing Northern Ireland.
“Alcohol remains our favourite drug, and it kills nearly three times as many people each year as drug misuse,” said Mr Poots.