Well, some extensive research on underage drinking has well and truly shocked me. Okay, not quite. Some of it is achingly predictable but treats the reader like it is ground-breaking realisations. I think we all knew that more teenagers now drink than those who don't drink (some sarcastic congratulations go to the person who found that one out).
I was a lot more interested in facts like the type of alcohol that is consumed by teenagers. For instance, one 330ml bottle of alcopops can contain more hard alcohol than a generous shot of whiskey. Shocking, no?
To be honest, I don't think enough emphasis is placed on the effects of alcohol to the looks of a person after long-term drinking. It's something that's not reversible, unlike the early stages of diseases like cirrhosis. And let's face it, a lot of teenagers nowadays are incredibly vain; put the idea that they'll be ugly if they dirnk too much in front of them and they'll be clean sober forever more. Some of the effects of alcohol on looks include a blotchy face, bloodshot eyes, a furry tongue (eww, gross) and depression. Well, okay depression sometimes isn't obvious but hey it's pretty bad.
Come on health services, play on the vanity of young people in order to get them to listen!