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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Cumbria initiative to be launched to warn children of the dangers of alcohol

AN initiative kicks off next week in Cumbria to educate young people about alcohol harm.

By Suzanne Murphy

Allerdale Borough Problem Solving Team are launching an initiative which aims to educate young people to the dangers of underage drinking and promote a healthy lifestyle.

September 2013 saw Cumbria Constabulary launch the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy. This aims to reduce the harm, violence and anti-social behaviour associated with alcohol that affects not only individuals but also whole families and the community.

The Alcohol Education Roadshow, is an initiative launched in West Cumbria. It is a multi-agency event, which will see the Police, Rising Sun Trust, Inspira, Children Services, Trading Standards, North West Ambulance Service and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service speaking to local schools about alcohol harm.

It starts at St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Workington next Wednesday.

October 2013, with the aim of rolling out to other schools in the near future. The guest speaker for the day is Warrington Wolves prop forward Glenn Riley, with CFM being there.

Pupils in the school have designed posters themed around the dangers of underage drinking with the winners of each year group seeing their poster designed and framed to be displayed in various licensed premises.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Richard Rhodes, judged the winning posters.

The three overall winners of each year group will receive an Ipod. Three runners up, one from each year group will receive six months free admission to Workington Sports Centre and pool, which was kindly donated by Workington Leisure Centre. The rest of the entries were placed in a draw for cinema tickets.

The posters provide a clear message, that underage drinking is not tolerated. Not only does it pose a danger to those who do it but affects the community as a whole by being a contributing factor towards anti-social behaviour.

PC Lorraine Murphy, who is organising all of the events, said: “This is a great opportunity to engage with the young people at the school and speak to them about the dangers and harm of alcohol abuse.

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