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Figures show rise in drunken behaviour

Children & Young People Now

The number of 16 to 25 year olds fined for drunk and disorderly behaviour has nearly doubled since 2004, according to latest figures.

Statistics revealed in a parliamentary answer to the Conservative Party’s shadow home secretary Dominic Grieve have revealed that the number of penalty notices issued to women in that age group increased from 1,853 in 2004 to 3,561 in 2006.

This is an increase of 92 per cent, far larger that the increase of 67 per cent among men in the same age group during the same period.

Given the huge increase in enforcement activity being reported on an almost daily basis I can’t say that I’m at all surprised by these figures. Nor am I sure that they tell us anything about young people’s drinking behaviour. As CYPN point out later in their article the numbers of young people (10-17) being prosecuted for being drunk and disorderly have fallen by 17 per cent since 1997.

Again I suspect that all this tells us about is how the police have changed their tactics in policing drunken behaviour.

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