Booze shame girls list revealed
JUST four girls in the Avon and Somerset area were fined for being drunk in a public place last year, new figures reveal.
A league table, published yesterday in the Sun newspaper, found only the City of London force area to have had fewer women aged under 21 fined.
Avon and Somerset's result is in stark contrast to Northumbria, Merseyside and Lancashire which each had more than 200 women fined for public drunkenness last year.
Gloucestershire had 13 women fined, while figures for Wiltshire police were not released.
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Colin Shevills, head of health campaign organisation Balance, warned that the alcohol timebomb among young people had been fuelled by booze being too cheap and demanded curbs on alcohol advertising.
He said: "Our region is drinking too much from an early age, driven by alcohol which is too affordable, too available and too heavily promoted. We need to call on Government for change."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "Making sure young people understand about the harm alcohol can cause is crucial. We will be launching a new way of helping get this message across this year."
Nationally, drunken girls pay £2,500 in fines each week. A total of 119,200 under 18-year olds are being treated for alcohol abuse yearly.