Friday, 25 May 2007

Wivey's rising wave of teenage drinking

Young people are drinking more now than they used to. Studies have shown that young people in Wivey are drinking more per drinking session and having more sessions per week than they did ten years ago.

Chief Inspector Dick Head of the Wiveliscombe Constabulary said "We are seizing increasing amounts of alcohol from underage people. We have powers to seize alcohol from young people, and we can dispose of it as we see fit when we get it home".

"It is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18, but more and more young people seem to be getting into trouble with their drinking.We're trying to educate people. However, we find that parents can sometimes be the problem. "

Youngsters in Wiveliscombe now look up to their role models Andy Ware, Stuart Norman and Daryl Smith. Drinking alcohol in moderation is not usually a problem. It can become a problem when heavy drinking and drunkenness become frequent and this style of use is continued into later life. Normally, as people get older, their responsibilities increase and their alcohol use goes down.

What amount is safe to drink? About two pints if your Mike Phillips at the Dinner and Dance !

According to the Department of Health men should not drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day, and women should drink no more than two to three. These benchmarks apply whether you drink every day, once or twice a week, or occasionally. Twice the recommended amount and beyond is classed as 'binge' drinking. Although national figures suggest that binge drinking is slightly in decline except in the Bear Wiveliscombe, it is very much on the rise among young people. The current licensing laws mean that people mean will have more hours to drink at pubs and clubs.

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