Shame of under-age drinkers
Last updated at 11:20, Thursday, 03 October 2013
THE number of young people in Copeland taken to hospital for alcohol-related issues is double the national average.
Figures published by Public Health England reveal that 17 under-18 year-olds stayed in hospital after drinking. The statistics are released as police targeting underage drinkers found 50 young people at Whitehaven’s skate park with booze stashed in bushes.
Police, who carried out a special operation last Friday, said the area was of “particular concern” and they had found five children on the town’s shore with an 18-year-old boy who had a crate of beer. A 14-year-old girl was also found with a “large quantity of alcohol”, heading towards the skate park.
Police subsequently identified children at risk and took them to a designated place of safety where there were representatives from children’s services, NACRO, Inspira and Action For Children. Officers then contacted their parents and they were told about the potential dangers of drinking and given support and guidance.
Sergeant Richard Farnworth, of Cumbria Police, who led the operation as part of Alcohol Harm Reduction Week, said they wanted to tackle antisocial behaviour and warn children of the risks.
“I also want to send the clear message to parents that not knowing where your child is at night, allowing them to consume alcohol or allowing them to stay out late on their own is unacceptable.” he said. “I want to reassure communities that we are working to keep children safe. Parents need to take responsibility for their children and ensure that they have an alcohol-free childhood.”
Nationally, it was revealed this week that hundreds of primary-school age children were admitted to A&E departments for alcohol-related problems last year.
According to Public Health England, a quarter of under-age drinkers consumed the equivalent of seven pints of lager a week. Figures show that more girls than boys are being taken to hospital.
A Cumbria County Council public health spokesperson, said: “While any young person being admitted to hospital is a cause for concern, overall figures show that the biggest rise in alcohol-related hospital admissions in Cumbria in recent years has been amongst older men.
“Alcohol is an issue that affects all age groups and although it is sometimes tempting to view it as something that only adversely affects young people, the figures show this is far from the case.”
And he added: “Adults and parents can lead by example by making sure their relationship with alcohol is a healthy one and that they are passing on the right lessons to young people.”
First published at 11:04, Thursday, 03 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Having read the WN version by Julie Morgan and the skatepark version by Louis there appear to be some discrepancies between the 2 accounts. This is unfortunate and does not engender trust between the youths and the police. Can we just have the actual FACTS in future, e.g exactly how many under age drinkers were there at the skatepark? 50? 1? 12? it is not clear. And just because a person is in possession of alcohol does not mean any under age person is drinking it, does it? Stick to printing the actual FACTS please.
i was down at the skatepark when this occured and most of this is false and over exsaturated and i am not pleased that this has been published because its giving us kids a bad name when most of it isnt true
no.1) there is never, ever 50 people down at the skatepark let alone 50 people drinking it was more like 10 people
no.2) just because there was a large quantity of people down there it doesnt mean everyone was drinking alcohol
no.3) no children were taken to a safe zone
and no.4) the police were down for max 2 minutes and have no idea of what was going on at the time
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