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Monday, August 14, 2006

Too much booze

A BBC Radio One poll reveals that nearly a third of 16 to 24-year-olds lost their virginity below the age of consent, 43% of young people have had at least five sexual partners, with one in five having more than 10, whilst over half - 57% - claim to have had a one-night stand.

Some 38% of young people do not always use a condom with a new partner, with being too drunk cited as one of the most common reasons. Alcohol was also strongly linked to a young person's first experience of sex, with 37% saying they had had a drink before having sex for the first time.

There is clearly an education issue here and the Government needs to face up to it. Ministers however should know that just confiscating the alcohol will not help. Perhaps it is time that they gave back the 35,000 bottles of wine, beer and spirits worth around £647,000, that they currently hold for 'hospitality purposes'.
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