Rock Pub the Fox and Goose
this week launched its campaign with PCBT Photography to warn
people not to drink and drive or ride.
Miranda Schunke investigates the background of drinking in
to alcohol, particularly amongst young people, has
increased dramatically according to a recent report. The
report, carried out by the charity Alcohol Concern, entitled 'State
of the Nation', asserts that one in 13 people are addicted to
alcohol while dependence on drugs only affects one
- Drinking amongst 11 to 15 year
olds has doubled from 5.3 units per week in 1990 to 10.4 units
per week in 2000. In 1999 5,508 people died from
alcohol-related incidents compared to 3,853 in 1994.
- The number of drink-drive
accidents per year has also risen by over a thousand since 1998.
Furthermore, according to recent scientific experiments, women may be more susceptible to the dangers of
alcohol than men. Although the studies have not yet been confirmed, it is believed
that because females have more fat and less liquid in their
bodies than males, the concentration of alcohol in their
bloodstream reaches higher levels.
Traditionally, tests on the effect of alcohol have been carried
out on males and results may not be accurate when applied to
females. Director of Alcohol Concern, Eric Appleby, has called
for urgent action at a national level. He said, 'What we
need is a coordinated strategy that tackles alcohol misuse on
all fronts: education, public campaigns, community
safety, counseling and treatment'.