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1:19pm 2nd November 2011
(Updated 1:19pm 2nd November 2011)

Most underage drinkers in Newquay this summer got the booze from their parents.

Police say that was true for 70% of teenagers.

They are worried too many think that makes it OK.

Lizzie Jeans from Drinkaware says, "Research shows that the earlier young people start drinking, the higher their chances are of developing alcohol dependence as an adult and drinking at increasing-risk levels. There's actually no scientific evidence to support the continental approach in proving that gives children a responsible attitude to drinking later in life".

The dad of one of the teenagers who plunged to his death on a night out in the resort has met students.

John Higgins is hoping he can stop it happening again.

He is at Treviglas College to help launch a new campaign.

"We're not telling anybody not to drink. We are trying to say, do it sensibly, be responsible for yourselves, for each other. Hopefully by being that way we can prevent anybody having to go through what I did"

You can hear his full interview by clicking the link below:



It comes just weeks after teenagers tackled Nick Clegg on the town's drinking problem.

Student Alicia Moore said, "My view is that Newquay has taken a toll for a lot of backlash because of the underage drinking in Newquay over the past four or five years and the deaths that have been accumulated. I'm just wondering how you are going to stop this happening to other seaside places?"

In response, Nick Clegg said, "I don't think there's a law that you can pass. You just need to be really clear with these people, you can't behave elsewhere, in other people's communities, in a way you wouldn't in your own. You've got every right to speak out about your own community. You don't want it just to become a sort of theatre for other people behaving badly".

1:19pm 2nd November 2011

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