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Falkirk teens warned about drink

Youngsters aged 13 to 17 put themselves in danger of committing violence by drinking to excess

Youngsters aged 13 to 17 put themselves in danger of committing violence by drinking to excess

 

Police and education bosses have launched a campaign to warn teenagers of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

The aim is to get the message across to 13 to 17-year-olds that getting drunk could leave them vulnerable and at risk - and also urge older people, including parents, not to buy them drink. Officers will also visit off licences to remind staff of their responsibilities.

Although instances of booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour, disorder and violence have fallen in communities across Forth Valley it remains an issue.

Divisional commander Chief Superintendent David Flynn said: “We continue to see and investigate crimes where excess alcohol consumption is a contributing factor. We are working with education officials and our school-based officers to try to raise awareness of this continuing trend and challenge their perception and views towards alcohol.

“This is about young people drinking so much they are unable to look after themselves and leaving themselves at risk. We are looking to stimulate discussion among mums and dads, guardians and carers and their children and seek their support.”

Gail Cook, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire domestic abuse policy co-ordinator, said: “Alcohol is never an excuse for abusive or violent behaviour. Excessive drinking will contribute to some young people putting themselves in vulnerable situations or increase the risk of them causing harm to others as a result of their impaired decision making. It is important young people and their families know there can be serious consequences associated with drinking alcohol.”

 

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