Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

VIDEO: Teens Given Alcohol To Celebrate End Of Exams

VIDEO: Teens Given Alcohol To Celebrate End Of Exams
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

6:29am 18th June 2014
(Updated 6:29am 18th June 2014)

The dad of a teenager who plunged to his death from cliffs in Newquay says he is amazed parents are giving their children booze to celebrate the end of their exams.

Sixteen year old Paddy Higgins fell looking for his mates - after a night drinking beer and Sambucas.

But nearly one in four parents will give alcohol to their children to celebrate the end of their exams this summer, according to a survey by the charity Drinkaware.

The report found that the average child aged between 14 and 17 years old will be rewarded with nine units of alcohol - the equivalent of four cans of beer, a bottle of wine or a third of a bottle of vodka.

The survey also reveals that outside of the exam period, 86% of mums and dads gave their children alcohol because they asked for it.

Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware, has warned that purchasing alcohol for under 18s is illegal and that "parents are not exempt".

She said: "The evidence is that if we facilitate alcohol and give permission in the home then that carries on outside, where children are not under supervision."

Between 2010/11 and 2012/13, more than 15,000 under 18s were admitted to hospital because of alcohol.

The charity warns that excessive drinking can leave children open to accidents.

In 2009, 16-year-old Paddy Higgins fell from a cliff and died after drinking Sambuca during post-GCSE celebrations in Newquay.

His father John Higgins said: "It's endemic in UK society that there's a rite of passage where you drink to excess.

"Teenagers see it as the norm to get these moments in life when you can go absolutely stupid and it's accepted, but as with cases like Paddy's accidents happen."

6:29am 18th June 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Most read
firefighters and parking 1

PHOTOS: Fire crews struggle to get down Cornish street

It's sparked a parking appeal... and not for the first time!

church lane padstow

Family 'followed' by naked man in Cornish town

Searches in Padstow after he reportedly ran off

Top articles

Casualties cut free after Cornwall crash

Cornwall News: One was treated at the scene near Bodmin

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Eurosceptic MPs 'particularly unbalanced', says former Vote Leave campaign boss

National News: Dominic Cummings, the man who masterminded Vote Leave's winning strategy, has described the MPs he worked with as "particularly unbalanced".

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Jeremy Corbyn gets rapturous reception at Glastonbury

Showbiz News: It was a scene that could have come from a Beatles gig in the 1960s.

At least 129 dead as Pakistan oil tanker crashes and explodes

World News: At least 129 people - including children - have been killed after an oil tanker carrying 40,000 litres of fuel flipped over and burst into flames on a highway in Pakistan.

Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

Sports News: Southampton have appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Top South African ultra-marathon runner Bruce Fordyce robbed of trainers at gunpoint

Strange News: A top South African athlete has been mugged at gunpoint while out on his morning run.

Newer article

Dog Found With Red Raw Skin

Cornwall News: Rosie's case is one of 2,000 investigated by the RSPCA in Cornwall last year

Older article

Cornwall's Sober Up Plan

Cornwall News: Police bosses start talks on how to tackle booze related crime

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.