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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 November, 2004, 09:37 GMT
Alcohol raises risks to the young
Teenage drinker
Many young people say they take their cue from adult role models
Young people in Devon are more likely to take risks if they have been drinking alcohol, according to a study.

The 'No Limits' report was carried out by Torbay Youth Offending team and will be used for a multi-agency strategy to tackle drinking problems.

The youth offending team is run by Torbay Council which admits there is a problem but wants to deal with the negative impacts of alcohol misuse.

The research shows that young people take their cue from adult role models.

'Useful insight'

But Chris Harris, the leader of Torbay Council, says alcohol misuse is a complex problem for the whole of society and needs to be tacked from various perspectives.

He said: "Most of our young people are not misusing alcohol and we must be careful not to imply that they are."

The council says the multi-agency approach is the most effective.

"There are health, economic, policing, education and well-being factors here which require a co-ordinated approach," said Mr Harris.

Acting Supt Carl Langley from Safer Communities Torbay said: "The research is a useful insight into drinking habits, and confirms much of what we know about the risks involved when young people abuse alcohol.

"They are reporting that they are more likely to take risks walking home, where they're at risk of being victims of crime or indeed committing crime themselves."

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