Reported by Adil and Kat
An increasing problem in the UK is under age drinking. Teenagers have grown increasingly addicted to the ‘drug’ and some say this has led to an increase in crime. Boys as young as eleven have been dragged into an increasingly popular but harmful habit. The average alcohol intake for eleven to thirteen year olds has risen from 3.6 units to 8.6 units. This is a shocking 5.1 units above the daily limit for a grown man.
So, how much damage has this problem inflicted? Drinking in huge amounts can cause many health problems. However, young teenagers still continue drinking.
A major issue is the source of the alcohol. Why is it becoming such a problem? We interviewed a shopkeeper called Jamie who has informed us, of around ten teenagers a week, lying about their age to gain access to alcohol. Shopkeepers have signs displaying that ID will be asked for and there are tight restrictions on acceptable forms of ID. However, this also presents problems for ordinary shopkeepers. Jamie told us that when asked underage teenagers can get “very abusive and swear when we refuse to sell them alcohol.”
For the local community this is also a problem. Sergeant Slee from Thames Valley Police is concerned about the issue but thinks it is manageable at the moment in Chalfont.
To stop this the government has increased the price of alcohol. This has been introduced in Alistair Darling’s first Budget. There has also been a new measure introduced which is the two strike law, where off licences get two strikes if they are caught selling alcohol to teenagers under the legal age, they will have their licenses confiscated.
There is help for these types of problems like young teenagers can talk to Frank by phone at 08000 77 66 00.