Teens asked to complete a survey on their booze habits

Prize draw: Kate Hetherington, of Calderdale Lifeline, with an iPod shuffle
Prize draw: Kate Hetherington, of Calderdale Lifeline, with an iPod shuffle

YOUNGSTERS will be in with a chance of winning an iPod if they answer a survey all about booze.

Young people’s advice service Lifeline Calderdale is giving away three iPod Shuffles as part of Alcohol Awareness Week this week.

People aged 15-21 who fill in a confidential alcohol survey about drinking habits will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw for the gadget.

Kate Hetherington, team leader, said: “This year for Alcohol Awareness Week we will be in many schools and youth centres as well as an online Facebook campaign.

“We’ll will be handing out our service leaflets and information as well as the chance to win an iPod shuffle. Once they’ve filled out the survey, the young person’s name, or just phone number if no name given, will be entered into the draw.”

Also for Alcohol Awareness Week, a multi-agency campaign called Calderdale In Recovery will be holding a series of information days across the area.

In Calderdale, around 23.9 per cent of people are drinking hazardous amounts – compared to 20.1 per cent nationally.

A hazardous amount involves drinking more than the recommended weekly limit of 21 units for men and 14 units for women.

Also more than 6.5 per cent of people in Calderdale have harmful drinking behaviours – which has led to booze-related health problems – compared to five per cent nationally.

A week of action in Calderdale will focus on getting people to think about what they are drinking and the impact it has on them and those around them.

Visitors will be given advice and challenged to a range of ‘beer goggle’ activities, such as walking a white line and table skittles.

Neil Capstick from Calderdale in Recovery, said: “The awareness-raising activities planned are a great representation of how the recovery community and other organisations can work together to create positive social change for all.”

They will be at at Sowerby Bridge market today from 10am to 3pm, at Hebden Bridge market tomorrow from 10am to 3pm, Todmorden market on Thursday 10am to 3pm and at Elland market on Friday at 10am to 3pm. It will also be at the Piece Hall on Saturday at 10.30am to 3pm and at North Bridge car park boot sale on Sunday, 8am to noon.

To fill out Lifeline’s survey, visit their office at 11 Wards End, phone 01422 510000 or visit the Facebook page, Lifeline Calderdale, which will also have a list of schools and youth centres where copies of the survey are.

People can also add BBpin 26B2787E where you can message and send an email address to receive the survey.