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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July, 2004, 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK
Underage drinking: Help and advice
Teenage drinking is on the increase
BBC One's Real Story followed police and paramedics trying to clamp down on teenage alcohol abuse. The following organisations offer help with this issue:


The National Alcohol Helpline - Tel: 0800 917 8282
Offers help to callers worried about their own drinking; support to the family and friends of people who are drinking; advice to callers on where to go for help.

BBC Actionline: 0800 068 8456

Alcoholics Anonymous
PO Box 1
Stonebow House
York, YO1 2NJ
Tel: 01904644026
Web: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
There are over 3000 meetings held in the UK each week with over 40,000 members. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire
61 Great Dover Street
Tel: 020 7403 0888
Web: www.al-anonuk.org.uk
Al-Anon Family Groups provide understanding and hope to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking.

The Facial Surgery Research Foundation
St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield
Tel: 0207 601 7582
Web: www.savingfaces.co.uk
The charity for research into the preventation and treatment of facial diseases and injuries. Drink-related accidents or fights lead to about 125,000 people each year needing facial surgery. Real Story filmed a surgeon as he went into schools to tell youngsters how too much alcohol could ruin their lives.

Exeter University Schools Health Education Unit
Renslade House
Bonhay Road
Tel:01392 667272
SHEU aims to promote objective debate about the best ways to serve and educate young people and students about health and social issues.
Dr David Regis, director of SHEU, recently conducted research on underage drinking among more than 1,4500 14 and 15-year-olds. His study revealed that the problem was just as bad for rural, middle class teenagers as working class city dwellers.

Real Story: BBC One, Monday 26 July 2004, 1930 BST and live on the Real Story website.

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