Warning over teen boozing worries

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Lancashire County Council is reminding parents and young people about the dangers of drinking as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

A survey recently carried out by the authority’s trading standards team has revealed that 45 per cent of young people aged 14 to 17 drink with the intention of getting drunk.

However, the same study also found that 38 per cent of young people said they do not drink at all, an increase compared to 20% per cent in 2011.

Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The damaging effects of alcohol are well known and as well as being bad for your health, it can cause young people to do something they may regret later.

“We don’t want to spoil people’s fun, we just want to encourage parents to keep an eye on their children.”

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