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Teens "struggle to face up to underage drinking"

Teens in Northern Ireland are ill-equipped to handle consequences of underage drinking according to a British Red Cross survey.

One in ten (11%) 11-16 year olds in Northern Ireland has been in an emergency situation as a result of a friend drinking too much alcohol, according to a new study showing the vulnerability of young teens.

The findings from British Red Cross reveal that in the past 12 months close to one in ten (14,860 - 10%) 11-16 year olds in Northern Ireland have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious. Half (53%) of these had to deal with someone who had passed out and one in three (37%) had to deal with an injured friend who had been drunk and in a fight.

When asked what actions they took in response to these situations, close to half (46%) said they panicked and 52% said they didn’t know what to do.

The findings mark the launch of Life. Live it, a British Red Cross campaign aimed at 11-16 year olds, to help young people learn life-saving skills so that they are better able to cope in an emergency.

To find out how your child can take part, visit www.redcross.org.uk/lifeliveitnow

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