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  • 1. Demon Drink? Alcohol and offending December 2013

2. "[Alcohol] just changes me, makes me different, like, [more] physical and I get angry quickly and stuff." (Male, 14) 3. Project Goals Understand levels of alcohol use and related risks amongst young offenders in London Raise awareness of risky underage drinking by high risk groups, and contribute to alcohol practices in the youth justice system Give young offenders a voice on alcohol issues 4. Context Numbers in treatment for cannabis and alcohol 16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 -CannabisAlcoholSource: Public Health England 5. Context Referral source to young peoples substance misuse services 40 35 30 25 % 20 15 10 5 0Source: Public Health England 6. FINDINGS 7. Quantitative Sample 412 in sample from YOT databases Average age = 16 90% male45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 8. Qualitative Sample 19 semi-structured interviews across 3 boroughs 16 male and 3 female Ages ranged from 14-18, with an average age of 16 9. Alcohol would be illegal if it was made now. It kills thousands. Weed should be legal, alcohol kills many people. (Male, 16) 10. Substance Use (Quantitative Data) 11% viewed substance use as positive/essential substance use was involved in offending behaviour for 20% For 11% there was evidence that family members or carers used alcohol heavily 11. Substance Use (Qualitative Data) 18 out of 19 had smoked cannabis, and 17 out of 19 had drunk alcohol. Only 5 interviewees said they still drank alcohol, and only one said they drank regularly. The average onset age of drinking was 14 years. 12. Alcohol Use25%44% 31%Not known to have used Ever used (not recent) Recent use 13. I got kicked out in the middle of year 8, I wasnt really in main school [after that]...and thats when I started going down the wrong path... (Male, 16) 14. Alcohol linked to mental health & disaffection with education Of 113 clients who had had contact with/been referred to mental health services, 71% had used alcohol in the past Of the 43 participants known to have been excluded from school, 65% had used alcohol and 28% of those excluded were recent users 15. ...if it gets aggro I can get angry. Its crazy, Ive done lots of things when I was drunk and got away with it, not got caught by the police." (Male, 16) 16. Alcohol & Violence No clear link between alcohol use and violent offending Have/use(d) alcohol + substance use linked to offending 33% committed violence against the person (as opposed to 19% of those who did not see a link) However, looking at all violent offences, link disappears tied specially to offences centred around 'fighting' 17. "I think its 90%, that they're [young people] gonna get in trouble with the police [if they've been drinking]. Coz they're drunk, they're not gonna know what they're doing, the drink is controlling them, so they're gonna end up getting into trouble, getting hurt." (Male, 15) 18. PROJECT RECOMMENDATIONS 19. Training Train case workers in Identification and Brief Advice (IBA)Youth justice case workers need to be confident in addressing risky alcohol use 20. Make NICE Existing guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) around alcohol and substance misuse should be followed 21. Dont Look At Alcohol On Its Own Schools (universal services ) AND youth offending services (targeted) need to know:Alcohol use is more likely amongst at risk young people 22. London Is Different So these findings cant be considered representative nationally.Further research is needed in other areas to better understand alcohol use amongst offender cohorts. 23. Thanks Mentor and Alcohol Concern would like to thank Middlesex University for academic governance of this project. In particular thanks goes to Dr Lucy Neville and to Juliana Tromposky for her contribution, The London boroughs who worked with us to give us access to their data, The young people who agreed to be interviewed for the project, and Trust for London for funding the project.Download the full report from