Teenagers taught alcohol awareness

05 October, 2007

The British Institute of Innkeeping is teaching teenagers about responsible drinking with the launch of its Certificate in Alcohol Awareness.

The qualification has been designed to change young people's attitude towards alcohol and to teach them about making sensible choices.

The BII believes

it will play an essential role in the fight against anti social drinking

among young people.

Chief executive John McNamara said: "In 2005, 22 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds had drunk alcohol in the pervious week and 46 per cent of 15-year-olds had drunk alcohol.

"Education is key to changing young peoples' attitudes to alcohol and hopefully will take a step towards tackling the binge drinkers of tomorrow."

Students at Phoenix High School in Hammersmith were the first to take the qualification during a pilot scheme this summer.

A recent government initiative to reduce the number of alcohol-related interventions for children and young people has led to

proposals for alcohol education to be an integral part of the curriculum taught in schools.

The qualification meets this need by ensuring that education can be tailored for different age groups and learning needs, according to the BII.

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