Schools’ alcohol champion

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ANOTHER council proposal to reduce binge drinking in Portsmouth is to teach youngsters about the dangers of drinking.

It hopes to appoint an ‘alcohol champion’ to oversee initiatives including teaching adolescents about the effects of drinking.

It has also suggested sessions with youngsters aged eight and over could include ‘an opportunity to build confidence amongst children without the need to hide behind the bravado of alcohol’.

The ‘champion’ would decide whether and how that could be achieved.

But Portsmouth’s head of primary schools, Simon Cattermole, said: ‘We teach younger children a little about alcohol, but we would need to take careful steps if we were to increase what we do already. Some of our children come from families which have to deal with alcoholism. It’s not something we’d reject, but we’d need to work very closely to ensure the right professionals were brought in to talk to the children.’