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Warning to parents about summer drinking

Parents across the North East are being warned this summer about the risks of giving children alcohol supplies which can harm their health, fuel noisy street sessions and lead to accidents, police action and other unwanted consequences.

It comes as Balance the North East alcohol office re-launches the What’s the Harm? campaign in time for the school summer holidays – often a peak time for teenagers to try alcohol.

Figures show that parents and carers are the number one source of alcohol for children – for 70% of 11-15 year olds who drink . In the North East teenagers are known to plan sessions or “seshes” via social media – often fuelled by alcohol from the home.

Young people who drink regularly are four times more likely to smoke and three times more likely to take other, illegal drugs. They are more likely to get hurt due to an accident or as a result of violence and are more likely to engage in early and unprotected sex .

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