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Third of 12 to 15-year-olds drink each week in Worcestershire
7:10am Monday 28th January 2013 in News
By Robert Cox
A THIRD of 12 to 15-year-olds in Worcestershire have had at least one alcoholic drink a week it has been revealed.
High levels of alcohol abuse in the county have led Worcestershire County Council to announce a plan to tackle the problem.
The council said that more than 100,000 adults in the county drink at levels that increase the risk to their health, while 36 per cent of 12 to 15-year-old youngsters had a drink each week.
Conservative councillor Marcus Hart, chairman of the county’s health and wellbeing board, said: “We need to work to develop a culture where sensible drinking is the norm and will work with colleagues in licensing and planning to ensure license-holders act in responsible ways.
“This will include developing accreditation schemes for licensed premises and supporting the development of alcohol-free public activities and venues.”
The plan, announced earlier this month, was drawn up following a consultation exercise carried out last November. Mr Hart added: “Our Big Drink debate attracted a lot of interest from partner organisations and the general public and showed people agreed the best ways to tackle the problem are better education, encouraging personal responsibility, making sure treatment is available as well as ensuring licensed premises are drink aware.”