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Last Updated: Friday, 27 August, 2004, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
'Beer goggles' scheme to continue
Teenager drinking alcohol
The scheme has been popular with the teenagers who have taken part
A scheme which asks teenagers to wear "beer goggles" to mimic the effects of drunkenness is set to continue.

Pupils at schools and colleges in Oswestry, Shropshire, have been donning the vision-distorting goggles during role-playing workshops.

The unusual practice, which was devised by a health worker, aims to show 16 to 19-year-olds the difficulties of carrying out simple tasks while drunk.

Funding has now been secured to allow the project to continue until 2005.

'Anti-social behaviour'

The programme, which also involves quizzes and videos, was the brainchild of alcohol outreach worker Elise Hibbert and substance misuse advisor Ian Fulcher.

Ms Hibbert said the six-month pilot project, paid for by the Oswestry Crime Reduction Partnership, has proved a big hit with the teenagers who have taken part.

"There are certain areas of Oswestry where young people, who are generally underage, gather to drink, which has led to complaints from local residents about anti-social behaviour and fear of crime," she said.

"By going into schools and colleges, the team has been able to gain the trust of young people and build relationships with them, which has resulted in a great deal of success for the project.

"We have now received funding to continue our work into next year and I hope to build on the solid foundations we have put in place."

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