Report shows youths turning their back on booze in Warwickshire

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NEW statistics show that less young people are drinking alcohol in Warwickshire.

Figures from the Warwickshire Pupil Survey show that six per cent fewer young people drink alcohol ‘about every week’ now compared to three years ago.

The percentage of young people who have ‘never tried alcohol’ has risen to 28.5 per cent in 2012 from 18.7 per cent in 2009.

In addition, the alcohol related hospital admission rates for under 18s have also reduced.

Paul Hooper from the county’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team welcomed the findings. He said: “This survey has revealed a number of positive trends relating to young people’s alcohol use. Whilst these figures are reassuring we will not get complacent in our attempts to tackle the issue.

“Warwickshire’s figures are still higher than national averages so we recognise there is still much work to be done to educate, inform and help our young people take steps to protect their health.

“There is also still a small but significant number of young people who are drinking harmfully, putting both themselves and others at risk and we will continue to work with local services to address these cases.”

Warwickshire County Council commission services to providing one to one support to reduce alcohol use by young people.

If you have any concerns about a young person’s alcohol or drug use, please contact Compass on freephone 08000 887248.