age drinking - time for action?|
Britain is the teenage drinking
capital of Europe and the statistics are staggering.
A third of 14-year-olds
and half of 15-year-olds drink alcohol on a weekly basis.
Over 1,000 children
under 13 need emergency treatment for alcohol poisoning every year.
Out goes out with Dorset Police as they tackle the problem of underage drinking
in the suburbs of Bournemouth.
night, PC Dave Fish and the team trawl the estates around Bournemouth flushing
out drunk kids. Some are as young as 12.
The police pick them up and take
them home to their parents.
"This fifteen-year-old has lost bodily
functions," says PC Fish, who's decided that one girl's evening has come
to an end.
She's put in the mini cell in the back of the police van and
delivered back home.
"She says her dad was going to come and get her
but the truth is when we got her home her dad was in bed," says PC Fish.
Three police vans go out from Winton Police station every Friday night
and on average they take home 15 under age drinkers each throughout the course
of the night.
"Binge drinking seems to be part of British
culture and the age at which young people start to drink large amounts is getting
increasingly younger, and the amount they drink has almost doubled in the last
Helen Simmons, Alcohol Concern.
a cold winter night, PC Fish and the team find a group of girls drinking vodka
and smoking cannabis in the park.
As part of the initiative the police
also target off-licences to make sure they're on board and not inadvertently selling
alcohol to children.
But the teenagers also tell the team how easy it is
to get hold of booze.
"We go up to people at bus stops and ask them
to get it for us. You gotta have a little drink if it calms you down haven't you?"
says one 14-year-old boy.
Inside Out investigates the extent of the problem
and asks what could be done to tackle it in future.
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