THOUSANDS of drunk British children could be spared serious illness and injury if their drunk friends were trained to look after them, experts have claimed.
The British Red Cross said too many drunk youngsters were ending up in accident and emergency departments because other drunk children had left them lying at a bus stop rather than pumping their stomachs or placing them on a saline drip.
A spokesman said: “In the same way that adults have a designated driver, it is vital that large groups of children on an all-night bender have a designated first aider who knows the recovery position.
“The first aider could have a special badge. Children like badges. Or perhaps a groovy baseball cap with a red cross on it.”
Kyle Stephenson, a nine year-old vodka enthusiast from Darlington, said: “I did a read a leaflet about first aid but then I got very pissed and forgot it all.
“I think you’re supposed to take their shoes off and put them on their hands so they can’t poke their eyes out.
“Then you lift their legs up and shake them until they puke. Once they’ve been sick you can then turn them face down and cover them with leaves.”
Fourteen year-old Gemma Archer, from Grantham, added: “I’m sure I could do first aid as long as it’s before six o’clock. After six I tend to be a little bit unreliable, medicine-wise.”
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, backed the move but added: “There does eventually come a point where you have to accept that our society is just moments away from total collapse.
“And I would suggest that the Red Cross calling for drunk children to be trained how to look after drunk children, is probably it.”