Teen drinking tackled in Cheddar

TEEN drinking was the hot topic in Cheddar on Valentines Day as a dance company visited a village school in a bid to tackle the problem.

TEEN drinking was the hot topic in Cheddar on Valentines Day as a dance company visited a village school in a bid to tackle the problem.

'Dyin' 2 b Drunk' was performed at Kings of Wessex School last week to educate pupils about the misuse of alcohol to prevent crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour.

The production, which follows the story of Amy, a young person who drinks to fit in and 'be cool, was performed by south west dance and theatre company Pretty Good Girl.

Pupils at the school saw actors gulping down alco-pops as they got ready to go out, break-dancing in a nightclub and fall about outside an off licence, quickly becoming drunk.


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The show highlights the dangerous allure of the drinking culture after recent figures showed 11-15-year-olds are drinking more alcohol than ever before.

The company was given £2,500 from Avon and Somerset Police's community trust to perform in schools and colleges across the county.

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The trust was set up in July 1999 to assist community projects tackling issues that have an affect on safety and quality of life, with emphasis on the young, vulnerable or elderly.

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