Youth groups team up on al­co­hol al­ter­na­tives

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil’s Youth Ser­vices team got to­gether with a group of young peo­ple from North Ar­gyll Youth Fo­rum to pro­vide mem­bers of the public in Oban with an al­co­hol-free drinks tast­ing ses­sion.

The group pro­vided mem­bers of the public with al­co­hol-free drinks which in­cluded beer, wine and cider, and car­ried out a sur­vey to record peo­ple’s views on the taste, price and avail­abil­ity of them.

When asked if there were enough al­co­hol-free op­tions in pubs, restau­rants and shops, more than 80 per cent agreed there were not enough and more than 75 per cent of peo­ple agreed they would buy them if avail­able, es­pe­cially when driv­ing.

The ma­jor­ity of those ques­tioned said they thought al­co­hol-free drinks should be sub­sidised and many be­lieved they should be pro­moted more. As a re­sult, the group now plans to look into how other coun­tries across the globe pro­mote the drinks.

The coun­cil’s pol­icy lead on ed­u­ca­tion and life­long learn­ing, coun­cil­lor Rory Colville, said: ‘This is a won­der­ful, proac­tive ini­tia­tive which helps to high­light the other op­tions which are avail­able to peo­ple when they are on a night out. In to­day’s so­ci­ety there is more and more pres­sure on peo­ple to binge drink, es­pe­cially our younger gen­er­a­tion and only too of­ten we hear about the neg­a­tive ef­fects of al­co­hol mis­use. We want peo­ple to have the op­por­tu­nity to be as healthy and ac­tive as pos­si­ble and al­co­hol-free drinks give peo­ple a health­ier al­ter­na­tive.

‘This team must be con­grat­u­lated on their ef­forts and I look for­ward to hear­ing their progress.’

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